Article Requests

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Interlibrary Loan Request

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Other Types of Searches in Books & More

Fuzzy Searches

Use a tilde at the end of a single word term to search for terms similar in spelling.

  • roam~ will find terms like road, room, and foam.
  • To specify the required similarity, add a value between 0 (less similar) and 1 (more similar). The default that is used if the parameter is not given is 0.5. For example, roam~0.8 will only find terms like roams and roaming.

Proximity Searches

Use a tilde at the end of a multiple word term to search for terms which are certain distance apart.

  • “economics Keynes”~10 will return results for economics and Keynes that are within 10 words apart
  • Double quotes do not trigger a phrased search in proximity searches.

Range Searches

Use special characters to perform a range search.

  • {A TO C} will return results that have terms that begin with A, B, or C. These terms could come from the title, author, or other fields.
  • [2011 TO 2012] will return results which include 2011 and 2012. These terms could cme from the publication date, title, or other fields.

Boosting a Term

To apply more weight to a term, you can use the ^ character.

Too much? Try our guide to Searching in Books & More!

Advanced Searching in Books & More

Tripod’s Advanced Search for Books & More lets you easily search multiple fields simultaneously and combine terms in complex ways.

Search Fields

  • Instead of a single search box, Tripod’s Advanced Search provides several fields to enter your search terms.
  • Each field lets you specify the type of data (title, author, etc.) you are searching for, and you can mix and match search types.
  • If you need them, the “Add Another Row” button will add additional search fields.
  • The “Match” setting lets you specify how multiple search fields should be handled.
    • ALL Terms: Return only records that match every search field.
    • ANY Terms: Return any records that match at least one search field.
    • NO Terms: Return all records except those that match the search fields.

Search Groups

  • For certain searches, a single set of search fields may not be enough. For example, suppose you want to find materials about the history of China or India.
    • If you did an ALL Terms search for China, India, and history, you would only get materials about China and India.
    • If you did an ANY Terms search, you would get a lot of materials about history that had nothing to do with China or India.
  • Search Groups provide a way to build searches from multiple groups of search fields. Every time you click the “Add Search Group” button, a new group of fields is added.
  • Once you have multiple search groups, you can specify whether you want to match on ANY or ALL search groups.
  • In the history of China or India example above, you could solve the problem by using search groups like this:
    • In the first search group, enter India and China and make sure that the “Match” setting is “ANY Terms.”
    • Add a second search group and enter history.
    • Make sure the match setting next to the Search Groups header is set to “ALL Groups.”

Multiple Search Terms in a Field

  • Boolean operators can be used in each search field.
  • For multiple word search terms using the keyword drop down, you must perform a phrased search or use AND. Within each advanced search field, the default is OR. For example:
    • Citizen Kane, in one search field, as a keyword, returns 13,344 results.
    • Citizen AND Kane, in one search field, as a keyword, returns 95 results.
    • “Citizen Kane”, in one search field, as a keyword, returns 77 results.

Special Collections

Bryn Mawr Special Collections

The Bryn Mawr Special Collections Department manages the college’s extensive collections of rare books, manuscripts, art, cultural artifacts, and the college’s historical records, supporting teaching, advanced research, and exhibitions across numerous fields. Included in the collections are Classical and Near Eastern archaeological objects; African, Asian and Native American art works; European art prints; Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts; early printed books; European travel accounts to Asia, Africa and the Americas; books on the history of women and by women writers; and papers of writers, artists, and social activists.

Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections

Quaker and Special Collections collects, preserves, and makes available the College’s rare books, manuscripts, art, and the college archives to serve the teaching and research needs of the Haverford and scholarly communities. In addition to the world-renowned Quaker collections, which illuminate Quaker life, faith, and practice from the earliest days of the Society of Friends to the present, the collections include Haverford College history; literature; United States history, particularly the Philadelphia area, abolition, and Native Americans; history of printing; relief work and aid; and Asian history and culture.

Swarthmore College Friends Historical Library

Established in 1871, Friends Historical Library collects archival, manuscript, printed, and visual records concerning the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) from their origins in the mid-seventeenth century to the present. The holdings are a significant research collection for the regional and local history of the middle-Atlantic region of the United States, the history of American social reform, the involvement of Quakers in a variety of movements and organizations, and also include the College Archives.

Swarthmore College Peace Collection

The Peace Collection is a research library and archives documenting non-governmental efforts for and peace, non-violent social change, and conflict resolution around the world. It holds a wide variety of materials and formats on secular and religious pacifism, disarmament, women and peace, conscientious objection, nonviolence, civil disobedience, progressivism, the Vietnam War era, African-American protest and civil rights, feminism, civil liberties, the history of social work, and other reform movements.

Swarthmore College Rare Book Room

The Rare Book Room houses rare books, journals, and an extensive collection of fine press and artists’ books. Notable collections include the Bathe Collection in the History of Technology, the David Keller Collection of Pulp Fiction, and materials by and about William Wordsworth, James Thomson, W.H. Auden, James Michener ’29, and Seamus Heaney.

Images and Manuscripts Database

This database contains digitized versions of materials held in the special collections of Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore colleges. While it represents only a small percentage of the materials available onsite, it includes materials of interest such as historical college images and publications and Quaker-related materials. These are grouped around themes or collections and may be browsed or searched.

Institutional Scholarship Database

This database contains college archive materials from Haverford and Swarthmore colleges, including oral histories, digitized versions of publications, and video files.

Archived Web Pages

Archived web pages contains snapshots of the websites of Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore colleges, as well as Quaker and Peace organizations. The archived web pages show what these websites looked like at specific times.

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