|Keyword Searching||Searches every field in the record (brings up a lot, but not always relevant material).|
|Advanced Searching||Allows you to customize your search to look for words in the title, subject field or elsewhere in the record.|
|Browse Alphabetically||Searches the subject field in the record (what the book is about).
This is the best way to find what the HBLL has about an author: simply enter the author's last name, first name (for example "Frost, Robert") and you'll get a list of works on Frost:
bibliographies, biographies, criticism and interpretation, etc.
|Truncation||Use the "$" to search for the variations on a root word:
"poet$" will retrieve "poets," "poetry," "poetic," "poetics," etc.
|Subject Links||When you're looking at a book record in the HBLL catalog, check the highlighted subject links, you may want to click on one to bring up other titles in the HBLL that deal with the same subject.|
|Call Number Browsing||When you find a book on your subject, click on the highlighted call number in the upper LH corner of the HBLL catalog record to see what other books are near it on the shelf.|
Also search the BYU HBLL catalog.
Suggestions for finding the standard editions of literary works:
"A "Standard Edition" is" an authoritative edition of the works of a prominent writer, frequently in one volume and continuing year after year as the basic textbook. Some of these editions also remain definitive: established as the text closest to the author's original product and most inclusive in canon, through exhaustive textual collation and historical research, not yet superseded by subsequent discoveries." (from The Harper Handbook to Literature, 2nd edition, 1997)