Central Search JCKL’s New and Improved Central Search


How do I use Central Search?

It’s easy!

  1. Use the single search box to conduct your initial search
  2. Then use the “Refine Your Search” options on the left to narrow down your results by content type, subject, date, etc.
  3. For a more specific search (e.g., by author or journal title), try the Advanced Search option.

Search Tips

Phrase Searching

Central Search allows for phrase searching with the use of “ ”. For example, the query “teacher education” will find results with that phrase.

Searching Specific Fields

The single search box in Central Search (both the basic search box and the keyword search box in advanced search) will search across many fields automatically. For example, entering an ISBN, ISSN, or Call Number will bring back associated records.

You can explicitly search a field using the syntax: “field:(query).” For example, the search ISSN:(1234-5678), finds records that contain that value in the ISSN field.

Searchable fields:

Boolean Operators

Central Search offers the following Boolean operations: OR, NOT, -

By default, all terms in a search are combined with the AND operator.

The use of these ALL CAPS characters can be used to make queries more specific. To expand the results set, use the OR operator “microcircuits OR nanocircuits” will return items that contain either term.

This can be combined with quoted terms such as “teacher education” OR “educator training”.

To exclude items in Central Search, use the NOT operator or “-” character before a term. When used in the following query “animal NOT dog” the results will not include the term “dog”.

Wildcard Use in Summon

Searches within Central Search can be performed using the wildcards “?” and “*”.

The question mark (?) will match any one character and can be used to find “Olsen” or “Olson” by searching for “Ols?n”.

The asterisk (*) will match zero or more characters within a word or at the end of a word. A search for “Ch*ter” would match “Charter”, “Character”, and “Chapter”. When used at the end of a word, such as “Temp*”, it will match all suffixes “Temptation”, “Temple” and “Temporary”.

Wildcards cannot be used as the first character of a search.

Proximity to Other Words

Use the tilde (~) character at the end of a multiple words. When used on the term “yeast bread”~10 results include instances where the terms are 10 words apart or less.

Search a Range

Use the { } characters to indicate a search range in Central Search. When used on the years {2006 TO 2008} any instance of 2006, 2007, or 2008 will be returned.

Similar Term Searches

Use the tilde (~) character at the end of a word to match similar terms. When used on the term “Lead~” it will match “Wead”, “Veade”, and “Tead”.

What platforms are supported?

Central Search supports the following browsers and phones: