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We want you to find our books. Your chances will be better if you follow these tips:

  • Don't use too many words in your search. If you spell a word wrong you won't find any matches, so input the fewest words possible.
  • To find a specific title, use the most unique search terms possible. For example, if you want to find Bruce Catton's Stillness at Appomattox, the best term to search for is "Catton," since it's a fairly unusual name.
  • "Faulkner" works better as a search term than "William Faulkner." "Faulk" would be even better.
  • If you're inputting multiple words, make them words that are adjacent in the title you're searching for: "ladies of the club" works; "club ladies" would not.
  • Authors are listed last-name first, with a comma before the given names. "Koontz, Dean" works, and also brings up "Koontz, Dean R." Best of all would be just "Koontz"; if you include the word "Dean," you'll get books by John Dean and Alan Dean Foster, plus a book titled "Dora Deane." "Koonts" doesn't find any books at all (see first tip, above).
  • Our search facility scans our database for terms in these fields: Author, Title, Subtitle, Keywords, and ISBNs. You can enter terms from more than one field; for example, author and title or title and keyword. When you do, you must separate each category with commas. Examples: "dickens, great" will bring up "Great Expectations," or "civil, andersonville" will bring up books about the civil war prison.

 

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