Title Begins With (omit initial article)
A Title Begins With search requires a user to enter the title of a work in exact order beginning with the first word. Title searches find the main title of a single work (I Know Why the Caged
Bird Sings); the main title of a periodical or serial (New York Times,
Journal of Food Quality); and, the title of works in a series (Time-Life Student Library).
|Title Begins With retrieves materials by title in the exact word
order of the search.
Search limits are available.
operators (AND, OR, NOT)
are not available.
Title Search Examples:
|To retrieve the Title . . .
||You can enter. . .
|The Name of the Rose
||name of the rose
|Flatland: a romance of many dimensions
|Symphony, no. 39, in E flat, K. 543.
||symphony no 39 in e flat
|2001 : a space odyssey.
||2001 a space
|"Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" : adventures of a curious
||surely youre joking
|Dictionary of Literary Biography
||dictionary of literary biography
|¿Cómo es la luna?
||como es la luna
- Always omit initial articles (a, an, the, das, el, la, etc.)
in any language.
- Always omit initial punctuation in any language (e.g., quotation
marks, ¿). Also, replace other punctuation with a space.
(Exception: drop apostrophes and close up the space.) See
- If searching the full title does not produce satisfactory results,
enter only the first few words of the title.
- crito (for Crito; a Socratic dialogue
or Crito; or, A dialogue on beauty )
- dr jekyll (for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
or Dr. Jekyll agus Mr. Hyde)
- new directions in ed (for New directions in
- what do you care what (for What do YOU care
what other people think?)
- Try alternate forms of title words:
- initials, acronyms, abbreviations (e.g., us or united
- numbers (e.g., 10 or ten)
- one word or two (e.g., healthcare or health care)
- spelling variations (e.g., color or colour)
- similar concepts (e.g., british or english)
- word variations (e.g., email or e-mail)
- Searches are automatically truncated and retrieve catalog records
that begin with the words or phrases you enter. Do not use the
question mark (?) for truncation.
Alternative Search Options:
When the exact title word order is not known, try a Title Keyword search, which allows the user to enter multiple words from the title of a work in any order, crossing subfields. In addition try Expert Search or Guided
Search using the words of the title you do know with Boolean
operators (e.g., yearbook AND anthropology).
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