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How to Search NewBooks+

example: select a facet
example: select a facet

NewBooks+ allows you to search for books, videos, sound recordings, manuscripts, music scores, maps, and e-books that have been added to the Penn Libraries' collections within the past 90 days.

The faceted search interface allows you to filter searches by selecting collection-specific criteria such as publication date, format, language, subject, genre, and location. These "facets" appear in lists on the right side of the page.

Search Strategies

Begin with the search box: One way to begin the search process is to type a keyword in the "Search Collection" box, click "Go," and then apply one or more of the facets to narrow down the list of results.

Begin with the facets: Another way to begin is to select a facet first, which will bring up all the items in the collection that share that facet. You can apply additional facets and enter keywords in the "Search Collection" box to narrow the results.

Search for related items: The right hand side of each individual item page offers a checkbox list of all the facets that apply to that item. You can select as many of the checkboxes as you like and then click "Go" to begin a new search for other items with those same facets.

Sort your results: At the top of the list of facets you'll find three ways to sort your search results. Select 'a-z' to sort from the beginning of the alphabet for title or location. Choose 'z-a' to sort by date with the most recently added items appearing first.

About faceted searching

  • Each selected facet will be displayed at the top of the list under "Currently Used Filters." Selecting an additional facet will run a search for a new criterion within the existing set of results, and, along with a new list of results, the facet options will change to reflect the records and facets available in the new results set.
  • To see additional options for any given facet, click on the word "browse" in that individual facet's box. This will bring up a list of all the options for that facet. Click on any facet to add it to your search criteria.
  • To remove a selected facet at any stage in the process, click the red x-dot (red x-dot) next to that facet in the "Currently Used Filters" list at the top of the column.

Additional search options

There are more ways to explore the collection under the Quick Links heading that appears in the left hand column of every NewBooks+ page.

Look for "What's newest": Selecting this link will bring up a list the contents of NewBooks+ displayed in the order that they have been added to the Libraries' collections. The most recent additions will appear first.

Browse by title or author: Using these browse options will bring up alphabetical lists of all the titles or authors represented in the collection. Once in a browse page you can jump to any letter of the alphabet by choosing the appropriate link from the top of the page.

Advanced Search Techniques

The search box at the top of the page will return relevance ranked results based on the terms you enter. There are some additional techniques that you can use to focus your results.

1. You can use the Boolean operators AND, OR, NOT to combine search terms.

  • French AND revolution will return only results with both words
  • French OR revolution will return results with either word
  • French NOT revolution will return results that contain the first word but not the second

Note: The operators (AND, OR, NOT) must be entered in all caps.

2. Use quotes to search for specific phrases like

  • "French revolution"
  • "child star"

3. Use * to find variations on your search term

  • revolution* will find: revolution and revolutionary
  • child* will find: child, children and childhood

Range searches

There are two ways to use the search box to look for items within a range.

1. To search for items by their publication date use the format: publication_date:[xxxx TO xxxx]

  • publication_date:[1989 TO 1995] will find items published between 1989 and 1995
  • n.b.- date ranges searches may return results containing u or x as placeholders for partial dates.

2. To search for items within a range of narrow classifications use the format: narrow_class_facet:[xx TO xx]

  • narrow_class_facet:[PQ TO PS] will find items cataloged with the Library of Congress classifications PQ, PR and PS.