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The site-wide search provides an integrated way to search across many different types of data in LibraryThing.
To use the site-wide search, locate the Search box at the top-right corner of any page.
Enter a term and press return or click the magnifying glass icon to search the works on the LibraryThing site. The default search is Works, but you can change your settings to search authors, series, tags, and more from the search page.
To reach the search page without executing a search, leave the text box blank and click the magnifying glass icon. Here, you can select other search options before searching.
While the default search is Works, you can change your results by using the options on the left side of the page. You can click on any option before or after searching, but if you enter new search text you must press enter or clicking the magnifying glass to run a new search before any new results will appear.
 Search Options
There are two ways to adjust your search. The search options on the left control what pages on the LibraryThing site are searched. Use the options on the left to search only author pages, or series pages, or tag pages, etc.
Occasionally, some search limiters will appear on the right directly below the search box. These limiters will change what field is searched, but not which pages. For example, you can search only the author field on work pages. These right side search limiters do not appear for every search, and are noted below where relevant.
- Works: Searches the title, author and ISBN fields of all works in LT.
- You can narrow your search for works. Use the right-side limiters to search only the title and author fields or only the title field.
- Authors: Searches author names to return the author page.
- Series: Searches both regular series and publisher series names (but not descriptions). See Series for the difference between regular series and publisher series.
- Tags: Searches tags to return tag pages, which can be used to see all books to which users have assigned that tag.
- Common Knowledge: Searches a limited set of the Common Knowledge, including all of the below.
- Classification: Searches all of the below.
- Groups: Searches Group names and descriptions to return group pages.
- Talk: Searches all of the below to return individual Talk threads. You can search a specific group by first going to the group page and then using the search box next to "Post a new topic".
- Messages: Searches only in the text of the messages in a topic.
- Topics: Searches only in the topic subject.
- Members: Searches member username, full names and locations to return user profile pages.
- You can adjust your search for members by using the right-side options by choosing 'exact match' or 'partial match'. Partial match searches will match your search term even if other letters or numbers appear. For example, an exact match search for 'animal' will only return someone whose username is 'animal'. A partial match search for 'animal' will return the usernames animal, animal99, thebestanimal, iloveanimals, etc.
 Book world
- LibraryThing Local: Searches all of the below:
- Bookstores: Searches bookstore names, addresses and descriptions.
- Libraries: Searches library names, addresses and descriptions.
- Fairs/Festivals: Searches fair and festival names, addresses and descriptions.
- Other: Searches other types of venues' names, addresses and descriptions.
- Publishers: Searches publisher names and descriptions.
- Other: Searches all of the below:
- Member review text: Searches reviews that have been written by LibraryThing members to return the review page for the work, with the review highlighted by the search at the top of the page.
- Media reviews text: Searches reviews entered in the media reviews section. This feature is currently broken.
- Titles only: Searches for the text titles only.
 Other searches
- Your books: Searches works which you have added to Your books. This search actually takes you out of the site-wide search and forwards you to search results in your catalog, as if you had clicked on the Your books tab and entered the search box there.
- Add books: Searches for works which you can add to your catalog using the add books page. This search actually takes you out of the site-wide search and forwards you to the same search as if you had clicked the Add books tab and entered the search text in the box under Add to your books.
 Sorting Searches
Different searches have different sorting options, which appear in the upper right-hand side of the screen just below the search box. Most searches allow you to choose between a relevancy sort and an alphabetical sort. Some searches will also let you sort by the number of members who have entered a work or tag, by rating, or by relevant date.