Answered By: Missy Williams
Last Updated: Sep 26, 2019     Views: 3


  Thank you for reaching out to Ask a Librarian Delaware!  The search algorithms in the library catalog are configured to find all variations of spellings/similar "sounding" names, titles, keywords, etc., in an attempt to be more user-friendly and "Google-like". 

You can use various filters in the Delaware Library Catalog to narrow your search to avoid retrieving too many results.  Here are the steps to do so:

1.  Click on the drop-down arrow next to "All Fields" on the Delaware Library Catalog home page.

2. Double click on "Author" to limit your search to a particular author.   

3.  Type in the author's name in the search box and click Search (or hit the Enter/Return button on your keyboard).

4.  The search results will display the titles written by that author.  You can limit your search even further by using the "Limit Search Filters" on the left hand side of the page.  Simply click on the additional filter boxes and click the purple "Include" (or "Exclude") button within that particular search limit field.



*Alternatively, you can also add quotation marks around what you are searching for in the search box; e.g., "Cussler" to search for titles that Clive Cussler has written.

Hope this helps!  Feel free to reach out anytime if you need further assistance!

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