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Introducing JFK University Libraries' new online catalog
Last Updated: Mar 13, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Basic Search in Koha

Basic Search

From the library homepage, you can use the catalog tab to search the JFK University Libraries collection. The default search from here is our basic search option.  

Enter your search terms in the search box.   To start a search, you enter a word or multiple words in the search box.

When a single word is entered, a keyword search is performed, meaning the system will retrieve results that include your search term at any field in the record.  When you have more than one word in the search box, Koha will still do a keyword search, but a bit differently. Each word will be searched on its own, and then the Boolean connector ‘and’ will narrow your search to those items with all words contained in matching records.  

Search Tips:

  • Different forms of a word (ex: child, children, children’s) are searched automatically.  
  • Too many words in the search box will find very few matches; a single keyword may find too many matches.  

The default search field is keyword. But you can also limit your search to specific fields ( title, author, subject, ISBN, series, or call number), use the search box drop down menu.  

Your items will display in order of a “relevance” ranking.  Please see the search results page for help on navigating your search results.


Accessing Your Library Account

To log in to and access your library account online, click on the "My Account" tab from the library homepage, or navigate to the "Log in to your account" link found on the upper right hand corner of the catalog page.  You will need to log in to your account with your university ID number and password.

If you are unable to access your library account, contact us at 925-969-3109 or email


Need Help?

If you need help searching the catalog, or have comments, questions, or concerns about using Koha or your library account, please contact us.  Librarians are available at all locations to assist you.

Call us:
Pleasant Hill Fisher Library Reference: (925) 969-3109
Pleasant Hill Fisher Library Front Desk: (925) 969-3100
Berkeley Learning Resource Center: (510) 647-2048
San Jose Learning Resource Center: (408) 236-1102
Law Library: (925) 969-3120

Text us: 
(925) 322-0467

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