Search Tips

Phrase Searching and Title Searching
You can use double quotes to search for a series of words in a particular order.

"As You Like It" will give more precise results than As You Like It.

Wildcard Searching
If you want to search for multiple variations of a word, you can substitute a special symbol (called a "wildcard") for one or more letters.

You can use * to represent 0 or many characters.
You can use ? to represent one single character.

music* will find music, musical, musician , etc., and wom?n will find woman, women and womyn.

Want to get more out of the basic search box? Try Searching Tips for some powerful new tools.

Advanced Searching
Our Advanced Search tool lets you easily search multiple fields at the same time and combine terms in complex ways.

Not sure where to start your search? Want to discover something new?

You can try our Explore Books & More tool to navigate our collection by combining factors like author name, era and topic.

You can also try the Browse Books & More tool to view neighboring items by author, title, and topic.

The Books & More section of Tripod enables patrons to search the Tri-College libraries’ collection of books, journal titles, audio/video materials, databases and more.