Type the keyword you want to find. For example:
Words may be right-hand truncated using an asterisk ('*') in place of other characters. The '*' wildcard may also be embedded in a search string. You may use '?' to replace a single character anywhere within a word.
Example : environment*
Common words, such as of or as are indexed and are searchable.
Example : Book of job
Example : History as evidence
and - all terms must be found; narrows a search
Example : television and violence
or - any of the terms may be found; broadens a search
Example : "mass media" or television
and not - excludes the term(s)
Example : mexico and not "new mexico"
Surround terms with parentheses that are joined by or if you also have an and in the search. Nesting removes the relevancy ranking.
Example : ("mass media" or television) and violence
The Boolean Operators are generally more useful in searching a library catalog, but there are operators you can use if you want to search for the words close to one another.
near specified words or phrases are within 10 words of each other
Example : women near islam
within # specify the maximum number of words that may appear between the words of phrases
Example : decision within 3 theory
To retrieve records with the words or phrases in a particular order use after or before.
Example : edgar after poe
Example : president before biography
|Searching Operators as Words||
If you want to search an operator as a word, enclose it in quotation marks. If you want to search an operator as part of a phrase, enclose the phrase in quotation marks.
Example : "after school" programs
Example : "near east"
Example : "of mice and men" and criticism
When searching multiple words the system will automatically supply the Boolean "and" operator between each word; multiple words entered for the search will all occur somewhere in the retrieved records though not necessarily in the order entered. Both examples will retrieve the same results.
Search for complete phrases by enclosing them in quotation marks. Words enclosed in double quotes will appear together in all results exactly as typed.
A phrase Search:
"university of south carolina press"
* Matches any number of non-space characters, starting at the specified position in the word. For example, "comput*" will match all words that begin with "comput" (e.g., "computer", "computation", etc.).
The '*' wildcard may also be embedded in a search string.
? You may use a question mark ('?') to replace a single character anywhere within a word.
Use AND or OR to specify multiple words in any field, any order. Use AND NOT to exclude words. Select the operator you wish to use from the selection list on the Advanced Search form.
Field limits may be specified by selecting a field limit from the selection list. These limits appear before the word or phrase to be searched. A field limit causes the system to search only the specified field for the specified word(s).
If you have a favorite author or subject for which you often search when using the catalog, you can save the search with the click of a button. This will prevent you from having to key in the search each time and let you place reserves on new materials quicker.
Library cardholders may renew their own materials online. All material may be renewed except for materials with reserves and materials on which you owe fines.
What is PASCAL Delivers?
PASCAL Delivers is a rapid book delivery service for students, faculty, and staff at South Carolina colleges and universities. With PASCAL Delivers you can search library holdings of colleges and universities across the state of South Carolina.
PASCAL Delivers currently includes the holdings all the University of South Carolina libraries, Clemson University, Winthrop University, College of Charleston, Coastal Carolina University, and many more. Libraries are still being added to PASCAL Delivers. When complete, PASCAL Delivers will include the library holdings of all colleges and universities in the state.
How do I access PASCAL Delivers?
When you request an item, you will be asked to identify your home institution from the drop down list and enter your last name and USC ID. You will be notified by email when your item arrives. Please note that the email will be sent to your official USC email address and that "Circulation Notices" will appear in the subject.
If a book is not available via PASCAL Delivers you may request the book via your campus' Interlibrary Loan service.
Questions about PASCAL Delivers?
Contact your library at:
For more information, see the PASCAL Delivers homepage at http://pascalcat.org.