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Basic Search

Basic Search offers the largest variety of direct search options. In order to use this search most effectively, it is important to be aware of and to understand the differences between each search type available. Brief help information can be found by scrolling down on the basic search page, but more extensive help screens are available for each individual search type and should be consulted as needed.

Step one: Enter search terms.
Type one or more search words in the Search box.

Step two (optional):
Select a quick limit from the drop down menu. This allows you to restrict your search to a particular segment of the NLS collection: NLS and Locally Produced Network Books

  • NLS Sound Recordings
  • NLS Books–Last 5 Years
  • NLS Nationally Distributed Books (RC BR RD)
  • NLS Braille

Step three: Choose type of search
Select one type from the menu:

The system is set to display 70 records per page. If you prefer to display fewer records, use the records per page drop-down menu to choose a different number.

Click the Begin Search button.

You can also use the Guided Keyword Search page