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NSCAD Library: Catalogue

The NSCAD Library is Atlantic Canada’s largest library dedicated to fine arts, craft, and design. It houses an extensive collection of print and media resources, online databases, and special collections to support learning in all subjects taught at NSCAD



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Perform Basic Searches

You can search the catalogue using a basic search, similar to a Google search, by entering some keywords or a title into the search bar.

Expand Your Search

To search the catalogue for an item that may include one or more terms, include OR  in uppercase letters between search terms.


ceramics OR pottery

You can further expand your results by using a wildcard search. Use a question mark (?) in place of a single letter, or an asterisk (*) in place of more than one letter.


cat? will search for the terms cat, cats, etc.

wom?n will search for woman, women, etc.

photo* will give you results for the term photo, photography, photographic, photon, etc.

Search for a Phrase

If you want to search for a phrase of two or more words, type quotation marks around your phrase.


"contemporary art"

Narrow your search

If your search results include terms you don't want to include, use the term NOT in uppercase to exclude a word from being searched.


video NOT games

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Rebecca Young
NSCAD Library
5163 Duke Street
Halifax NS
B3J 3J6
Subjects: Copyright, Craft, Film, Library