Since many of the searches performed in the catalog are for an artist's name, this search allows the user to retrieve all the books about the artist and by the artist at one time.
Type the artist's last name in the Author or Subject field. Follow it by the first name or first-name's initial for a more precise search.
Conduct the same search when looking for books by a particular author.
Library of Congress Subject Headings are specific terms and phrases established by the Library of Congress to describe topics in a field of study. Each record in the catalog includes one or more subject headings.
If you are not sure about the precise subject heading for a topic, use the Keyword search. Once you have found a relevant item, use the subject heading listed in the record to find similar items.
Type the first words of the title of the book or periodical in exact order. Omit initial articles (e.g. the, an, a, le, la, etc.). Punctuation and capitalization are not necessary.
A keyword search will search the title, subject, series, author, and note fields. Keyword search results are usually ranked by relevance to bring the most likely titles to the top of the list.
Boolean searching is a method of grouping keywords. The standard Boolean search operators, AND, OR, and AND NOT, affect your search as follows:
When searching multiple words, the system will automatically supply the Boolean "and" operator between each word; multiple words entered for the search will all occur somewhere in the retrieved records though not necessarily in the order entered. Both examples below will retrieve the same results.
The OR operator is used to retrieve records that contain at least one of your search words. e.g., flemish or dutch would retrieve all records that contain either of these words.
Use the AND NOT operator to exclude terms from your search.
Search for complete phrases by enclosing them in quotation marks. Words enclosed in quotes will appear together in all results exactly as typed.
Truncating search terms with wildcards allows a greater degree of search flexibility. Truncate by adding an asterisk at the end of the word to replace one or more letters. For example, paint* will retrieve paint, painting, painter, paints, etc.
You may also use a question mark to replace a single character anywhere within a word. For example, anders?n will retrieve both andersen and anderson.
To perform an advanced keyword search, click the "Advanced Search" link from top of the page. This will lead you to a search page with text-entry boxes and drop-down menus.
You can perform a keyword search in different fields at the same time by typing your words in more than one text box and selecting the appropriate fields and operators from the drop-down menus.
From a results screen you can select individual records by marking the check box and then saving those records as a group. Saved records can then beas you desire.
Once you have saved records you can choose to print or e-mail them.
Certain Art Institute and School of the Art Institute staff with circulating privileges will be able to log into the catalog (top right-hand corner of the search screen). This will provide access to the following:
Once logged in, you can save preferred searches
If you have a favorite author or subject for which you often search when using the catalog, you can save the search with the click of a button. This will prevent you from having to key in the search each time and let you discover new materials more quickly.
Search Auction Catalogs Only to find catalogs from specific sales or types of objects sold.
Use AUCTION HOUSE NAME or CONSIGNOR to find, all sales at Sotheby's or sales from the Vivant Denon Collection. Consignor refers to a person or estate who has given control over a sale to an agent or auction house.
Use TITLE to find, all sales entitled Modern Paintings and Drawings.
Use KEYWORD to search words in the auction house name, title, seller name(s), subject, place, lugt number, or date of sale.
Use SALE CODE if you know the exact code for a particular sale.
Use DATE OF SALE to find all sales occurring on a specific date. To search for a range of years, use the ADVANCED SEARCH. You can limit a search to a specific year by typing in only the year.
Selecting Periodicals allows you to search the Catalog for Periodical titles only. Periodical articles and their authors are not indexed in the Catalog. You must first search an article index to find specific articles and citations. Thepages have lists of available online article indexes.
Consult a reference librarian if you need help finding articles within these periodicals.
The Mary Reynolds Collection contains over 900 books and periodicals on Surrealism.
The Entire Collection contains everything in the collection, including auction catalogs, pamphlets, archives, books, periodicals, special collections, and multimedia.