UW–Madison Libraries Services during COVID–19

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Refining Your Search Results

There are many ways to refine a Library Catalog search to make you fewer results, but contain more results useful to your research.

Refining Options

  • You can narrow your results to make them more relevant using the following options:
    • Online Access
    • Libraries
    • Formats
    • Media
    • Subjects
    • Authors
    • Languages
    • Places
    • Scope


  • After you have completed a Library Catalog search:
    • select any link in the drop-down menus (choices mentioned above) at the top of the screen below the search box
    • you may have to scroll down to see all of the options
    • if you do this, your number of results will be fewer, but more relevant