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Introduction to Quick Search

Quick Search is Pratt Institute Libraries' search engine. Quick Search provides access to the libraries' entire physical collection and a selection of our digital holdings with a single click. This includes books, DVDs, special collections materials, theses, journals, eBooks, and more. It's the best place to go when you're just starting your research project. Simply enter in keywords and use the filters on the left side-panel to narrow or widen your search results. If you have trouble finding resources in Quick Search, you can always reach out the Reference Desk for help. You can visit the Reference Desk in person, email us at libref@pratt.edu or call us at (718) 636-3704.


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Search Tips

 

Phrases
Search for complete phrases by enclosing them in quotation marks.
Example: "office design"

Wildcards
Words may be truncated using an asterisk.
Example: architect* retrieves architect, architects, architecture, architectural, and architectonic.

Boolean
Use AND between search terms to retrieve results with ALL of the terms. Retrieves fewer results.
Example: masonry and chimneys
Use OR between search terms to retrieve results with AT LEAST ONE but not necessarily all of the terms. Retrieves more results.
Example: (alaska or canada) and (adventure and not vacation)

Proximity
Use "near" to specify words close to each other, in any order.
Example: california near university Fields To search only within a specified field, select from the drop-down menu next to your search term(s).
Example: shakespeare works

Other Limits
To search only within a specified field, select from the drop-down menu next to your search term(s).
Example: shakespeare works

Additional limits are available based upon location, material type, language, and publication information.
Example: VMR Brooklyn Library
Example: DVD
Example: French

Grouping
Keyword search results are usually grouped by relevance to bring the most likely titles to the top of the list. Each group represents a similar level of relevance and results are sorted within the group by date or title. To get an ungrouped result set, use boolean operators to form a complex query.


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