Getting started… searching in ebrary

To search for books currently available on your ebrary site, go to your ebrary site then:

To list all titles:

  • Leave the simple search box empty
  • Click the “Search” button

To search Text and Key Fields for a word or multiple words:

  • Type them in the simple search box
  • Click the “Search” button

To search on specific criteria:

  • Click “Advanced” next to the “Search” button
  • To the right of “Search in” use the drop-down menu to set the field to search in, for example:

Title refers to the exact words in the title (ebrary searching is literal,
if the title is “Dogs” and you search for “Dog” it won’t be a match)
Doc ID is the unique ID number that ebrary assigns to each book (it is always shown as part of the URL to a specific ebrary book)
Publication year is the publishing date for the particular ebook version ebrary offers (often different from the original print publication date)
LC Call Number is the official Library of Congress number for a particular subject area.  The following link gives the basics of LC Call number ranges:

  • In the field to the right of “for“, fill in the specific data to search for

For advanced options, see:

  • To add additional search lines, click the “+” button
  • To remove search lines, click the “” button
  • Once your search is set, click the “Search” button below the search criteria

To sort search results by Relevance, Title, Contributor (first author), Publisher, or Date, click the links at the right

To display Short, Medium, or Long view of data about the books in your search results, click the links at the right

Important note about ebrary’s search engine:

Searches are exact searches on entire words – no partial-word searching:

–  Searching for dog will not find dogs

Good news:  ebrary search is accent insensitive, which means you do not have to enter accent marks or other diacritics to find, for example, titles or authors with accented words or names.