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Home Tutorials Author and Title Searches

Author and Title Searches

Sometimes you know what book, DVD or author you are interested in and you just want to find out if the NDSU Libraries has a copy. The easiest way to do this is to simply look up the title or author. To make that process easier, try the tips below.

Title Search

On the Libraries’ home page, click on the Advanced Search link, under the search box.

Image of the search box on the library homepage, with the Advanced Search link circled in red.


On the Advanced Search page, select Library Catalog from the options in the gray shaded box. Then, choose Title from the drop down menu and type in the title you are looking for. Click Search.

Animated image showing the search box on the advanced search page. The cursor is selecting the Library Catalog option in the gray shaded box, then choosing Title from the drop down menu, entering the desired title, and clicking search.

For more precise results, you may opt to change the second drop down menu from contains to is (exact).


Author Search

Follow the above steps to get to the Advanced Search page. Select Library Catalog from the options in the gray shaded box. Choose Author/Creator from the drop-down menu, then type in the name of the desired author in the following format: lastname, firstname. Click Search.

Animated image showing the search box on the advanced search page. The cursor selecting the Library Catalog option in the gray shaded box, then choosing Author/Creator from the drop down menu, entering the desired author's name, and clicking search.