Answered By: Caltech Research Librarians
Last Updated: Sep 14, 2017     Views: 13

To begin a 'Quick Search,' click inside the search box (center column, top-right) and start typing your search terms. As you type, only those items in the center column that match the search terms will remain.

'Quick Search' can be used in three different modes:

  • Title, Year, Creator - searches just these three fields
  • All Fields & Tags - searches all fields, as well as tags and the text in notes
  • Everything - searches all fields, tags, notes, and indexed PDFs (go to for more information about indexing PDFs)

If you're interested in Advanced Search, visit You can also find detailed instructions on searching at


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