• To search within a book, select the book and use the Search this Book box in the navigation bar.
  • Use Advanced Search to look for specific books by author, title, etc.
General search tips:


  • Matching words: The search engine looks for all words you put in the box, both singular and plural.

food biotechnology – finds results that contain food near biotechnology

  • Plural: The software automatically searches for both singular and plural, so it is not necessary to use a special symbol to find plurals.

climate changes – finds climate or climates, near change or changes

  • Exact phrase: Use quotes to search for an exact phrase.

"food biotechnology" – finds just this exact phrase, these words together and in this order

  • Wild card: An asterisk * finds any number (including zero) of characters within a word.

myth* – finds myth, myths, mythical, mythology, etc.

rob*son – finds Robson, Robeson, Robison, Robertson, and Robinson

behavio* science – finds behavior, behaviors, behavioral, behaviour, behaviours, behavioural, etc. and science or sciences

  • One letter: A question mark ? finds any single character within a word.

rob?son – finds Robeson and Robison (but not Robson)

  • Punctuation: All punctuation is ignored.
  • Case: Searching is not case sensitive.


  • Browse by Subject/Date is a quick way to get an overview of the entire Scholarly & Reference collection of e-books. Books are not sorted in any meaningful order. The Subject list shows the five most numerous subject categories; click Complete Subject List to see all.
  • Browse by Title or Author displays all books by starting letter of the title or author. Within a list, books are not sorted in any meaningful order. These functions may be slow because of the size of the e-book collection.

Navigate within a Book

  • When searching for keywords or phrases within a book, the number of "hits" per section of the book (part, chapter, etc.) is displayed in red to the left of the section title in the Table of Contents.
  • Click on a section title to open that section and scroll to the first occurrence of that term, which is also highlighted in red.
  • Click on the yellow forward or back  arrows to jump to the next or previous occurrence of your search term in the book.
  • Select [Clear Hits] in the Table of Contents to remove the highlighting of your search term in the text and the occurrence numbers in the Table of Contents.
  • Expand and Collapse Table of Contents: While viewing the Table of Contents, click the " " next to a section title to expand that section, displaying its sub-sections. Click the " " to collapse that section of the book so that only the section title is displayed. Links are available at the bottom of the Table of Contents to expand or collapse all of the sections.
  • Navigation Arrows: While browsing a book, the yellow arrows that appear at the corners of the page (both top and bottom) will move you to the previous or next section. If you are browsing a chapter, click the right arrow to go to the next chapter. If you are browsing a sub-section, you will go to the next sub-section. Likewise, if you are browsing a book part (containing several chapters), the navigation arrows will move you to the next part.
  • Search this Book: Use this search box to find occurrences of particular word(s) within this book.
  • Print View: Once you have chosen a chapter or section from the Table of Contents, Print View displays that chapter or section as a full browser page. This provides a version to print or save. PDFs are available for download and print for some titles.
  • If no PDF is available: Select the section from the Table of Contents that contains the text you want to print, and click Print View in the navigation bar. Then open the File menu of your browser and select Print or Save.
  • E-mail Information about a Book: Use the Bookbag function to e-mail information about books. The e-mail message contains the authors, titles, and links of your selected books. This information is not in correct citation format, but it does serve to remind you of books to go back to.

On the search results page, click Add to select the books you want. Click Bookbag, then E-mail My Bookbag.

  • Persistent Link to a Book: From the display of an individual book, click Persistent Link. This display shows you a URL such as http://rave.ohiolink.edu/ebooks/ebc/0199279438. Copy and paste this URL to use to return to the book any time, anywhere.

Command Line Search

The Command Line page searches both full text and metadata. This page supports complex queries that may include Boolean operators, field names, and parentheses.

The XTF search engine was designed to retrieve full text and does not provide the same level of precision as search engines designed for metadata only. Avoid complex statements with multiple search operators or multiple nested phrases.

Of special note:

  • AND searches on the Command Line page assume no proximity restriction.
  • NOT searches do assume proximity.
  • Wildcard no more than one term in a given search.
  • Use no more than one set of parentheses in a given search.


space AND weather

Same as above; AND must be capitalized

weather OR climate

Same as above; OR must be capitalized

weather -space

Search keywords for weather not near space (space might occur within the book, but not near weather)

weather NOT space

Same as above; NOT must be capitalized

title:space weather

Search title for both space and weather, regardless of proximity

reator:goodman title:weather

Search creator for Goodman, and title for weather

climate change publisher:OUP

Search keywords for climate and change, and publisher for Oxford University Press

title:weather -space

Search title for weather not near space

title:weather subject:-physics

Search items with weather in title but not physics in subject


Match all items without encyclopedia in title


Match all items without encyclopedia in keywords

weather (astronomy OR astrophysics)

Search keywords for weather and either astronomy OR astrophysics

weather astronomy OR astrophysics

Same as above, due to precedence