Ottawa Branch Library Catalogue
This is the catalogue of the Ottawa Branch Library. Care has been taken to ensure that the information is accurate but Ottawa Branch cannot guarantee the complete accuracy of the information.
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Global search There is a box titled Search at the top of the data. You can enter multiple words in this search box. Separate the words with spaces. The search will examine EACH record in the database for the existence of all the words. For example, if you type in the words john smith, it will check each record to see if it contains the value john AND the value smith. JOHN is the same as john. Using john smith is the same as smith john. The words you enter will be found in longer words. For example, it will find john in Johnston and smith in Smithsonian. The searched words may not all be in the same field in the record. If you want to search for a phrase or a word with spaces, then put the value in double quotes. Such as “Saint Mary” or “Le Moine”.
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