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CATQuest User Guide

Running Your Search - Basic


Use this search mode when you are initiating a broad search.

Enter search terms and if desired change the collections to be searched using the pull-down provided.

More options

  • CATQuest will assume that you want search results that include all of the terms you enter. Place the word OR (in all capital letters) between terms when you want any of the terms you enter.
    • Example: agriculture OR farming
  • Place the word NOT (in all capital letters) before terms that you wish to exclude from your search.
    • Example: farms NOT gardens
  • Place words that you want searched as a phrase within quotation marks. You can even search for article titles this way.
    • Example: "sustainable agriculture"
  • Use the word AND to connect phrase and other terms.
    • Example: "sustainable agriculture" AND economics
  • Use an asterisk at the end of a word root to search for all variations on the ending.
    • Example: agricultur* [will find results with any of the following terms - agriculture, argricultural, agriculturalism, agriculturalist]

Running Your Search - Advanced


Use the advanced search when you want to run a more precise search.

The Advanced Search screen provides you with the opportunity to create more specific searches at the outset of your search.

 Select options to run more precise searches.

Refining Your Search


CATQuest searches a very large set of materials and after you run an initial search you will likely want to refine your results.

CatQuest gives you lots of options for refining your results.

Refine your search by choosing from options such as Local Collections, Locations, Resource Type, Topic, and more.


Use the options running across the top of your search results to further limit your results to materials published in peer-reviewed journals, materials online, or things that are currently available in the UVM Libraries.

Use options along top to further narrow results.