There are three search interfaces available in BenSearch:
While each interface searches the same content, each interface provides a different level of detail for your search. See the boxes below for more information on each of these interfaces.
To access the keyword interface, select the BenSearch tab on the library homepage.
Type one or more keywords and then click the Search button. The system will automatically look for all terms entered.
Note: Searches from this box are only keyword searches (no distinction between author, title, etc.)
If you like to use the Boolean operators OR or NOT, you must enter them in uppercase letters for them to work as operators.
Wildcards can be used to replace a character or find multiple variations of a specified root word:
Use ? for a single character - for example:. wom?n to search for strings woman or women.
Use * for multiple characters - for example: type cultur* to search for records that contain strings, such as culture, cultural, and culturally..
Once you have your initial search results, you can fine-tune them in the Simple or Advanced Search options.
After you perform a search, see other options listed in the Subjects category. Look carefully through the list of topics and include all that are of interest to you.
Use the Advanced Search option for more precise searching.
After doing a basic search, notice that there is an option to switch over to advanced search. Click on the Advanced Search link to access the advanced search options.
There are many options to explore in the drop-down menus of Advanced Search.