HomeNC Cardinal Cataloging Best Practice StandardsItem CatalogingSearch the Catalog

2.2. Search the Catalog

You can select or limit catalog searches by:


The search features within Evergreen do not require you to enter author last names first. You do not need an exact title or subject heading. An Evergreen search enables you to enter plurals and alternate verb endings and will still find results. For example, if you enter dogs, Evergreen will also find items with dog.


Evergreen assumes an “AND” if you type in multiple terms. You can exclude a term (“NOT”) by using “-“ (minus). For example, vacations -Britain will search for materials on vacations, but not Britain. If you want to exclude electronic resources from your search, use “-electronic” as a keyword limiter.


You can search for an exact phrase using double quotes. For example, “Harry Potter” will find only items with the exact phrase, not with the terms Harry or Potter alone.



Advanced Search


Make sure that you search the entire NC Cardinal catalog when you search for new title records.

Example 4

Once a thorough search is complete, highlight and click on the appropriate record in the results list.


 You should search for a title in several different ways. For example, search by ISBN, title, and author. Check   your search scope and ensure that you are searching all of NC Cardinal.

 If several bibliographic records appear to be the same item:

  • Add your holdings to the most complete MARC record,
  • Or, if two or more MARC records are equal in quality, select the record that has the most copies.
  • If you find multiple titles for the same item, a Bibliographic Cataloger should merge the records, making sure to maintain all holdings. 

For more detailed instructions, please watch this short NC Cardinal video:

Knowledge Tags

This page was: Helpful | Not Helpful