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Search Results

Search results will vary. If you get:

  • No records matched your search, then check your spelling or the fields you searched in.
  • Too many, then go back and limit your search. Sometimes a search needs to be modified with: additional search words, searching only a specific field, adding date limitations, or type of materials.
  • Too few, then go back and expand your search. Consider synonyms for your search words or concepts. Try to use professional language or terminology.
  • Irrelevant results, then try new search terms. Consider synonyms or related concepts. Identify and search using descriptors. Try a different database.

Book Search


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Search Types

NovaCat is the online library catalog for all NSU libraries. You will need to use the NovaCat Catalog to search for books.

To find NovaCat

To perform a keyword search in NovaCat

  • select the Keyword tab
  • enter keywords that best describe your topic
    • searches may include and/or statements

examples: child or juvenile, speech and disorder

    • searches may include words derived from the same root

example: child* would search for child, children, child’s

  • click the Submit button

To perform an author search in NovaCat

  • select the Author tab
  • enter the author's or artist's name last name first
    • the first name or initial may be added following a comma

   shakespeare, william

   angelou, m

    • ignore titles or ranks such as: Sir, Doctor, President, Jr.
    • government bodies, organizations, and companies may be used as authors

   American Psychological Association

   American Speech Language Hearing Association 

  • click the Submit button

To perform a title search in NovaCat

  • select the Title tab
  • enter the exact title
    • do not need to type articles (the, a, an) at the beginning of the title, but you must include them within the title

example: Taming of the Shrew, Handbook of speech pathology 

    • if it is a long title, you may leave off the last few words 

example: Florida Directory

in place of: Florida Directory of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment, Intervention and Prevention Programs

  • click the Submit button

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