A. Search Interfaces.

For your convenience, we offer 3 different search interfaces:

Quick Search is available at the top of the Left Side menu of every ZVAB.com page. It consists of a single input field where you can enter any search words (i.e. Author, Title, Publisher, Year, etc). Using this interface searches whole record of every item in our database.

Standard Search is available in the middle of our Homepage. To enhance precision of results, this search has 4 separate input fields, as well as, 2 selectors for customizing your search results.

Entering appropriate information in each input field will only search that part of the items' description. For Example: Entering "King" in the "Author" field will only retrieve books where King is the name of an author. It will not return items where King is part of a Title.

The only exception is "Any Search Word(s)" field which will display results found in the whole listing. For Example: Entering "King" in to "Any Search Word(s)" field will retrieve all books where King is the name of an author, part of a Title, part of Description, etc.

Advanced Search is available by clicking on the "Advanced Search" tab at the Top Menu of every ZVAB.com page. This search allows you to narrow search results to specific item(s) of interest by entering and selecting detailed information.

Please Note: Sometimes entering too much information may produce no results. If this occurs, we recommend that you remove some of the limiting criteria and re-try your search.

B. Search Tips

Regardless of the search interface, following tips will assist you in locating exact item(s) of interest:

Regular search is done by entering one (or more) search words into various fields. For Example:



This search will produce a list of items, which includes all of the words entered (Shakespeare, Twelfth and Night) in any order.

Phrase Search: Placing quotation marks "" around any word combinations will search for an exact phrase. For Example:



This search will produce a list of items, which only includes "Shakespeare" and "Twelfth Night", where "Twelfth Night" appears only as a phrase.

Wildcard Search: Asterisk and Question Mark can be used to replace part(s) of any search word(s) and single letter in any search word respectively. This is especially useful where results may contain similar words having different endings or when exact spelling is not known. Please Note: Using wildcards and exclusion features may increase the amount of time it takes for your search to be completed. For Example:



This search will produce results which will include all items containing "Philosophy", "Philosophical" and "Philosopher", as well as "Greece" and "Greek".



This search will produce all items containing "bribe" and "bride".

Excluding Search Words: Placing hyphen immediately in front of a word or phrase will exclude any item containing this word/phrase from search results. For Example:



This search will result in items that contain "Eliot" but not "George". All items containing "George" will be excluded. Please Note: Exclusion feature can only be used stating with the second word of the search query. It cannot be used with the first search term. Thus, example above would not have worked in search query was entered as "-George Eliot"

Quick Search is available at the top of the Left Side menu of every ZVAB.com page. It consists of a single input field where you can enter any search words (i.e. Author, Title, Publisher, Year, etc). Quick Search interface searches whole record of every item in our database. It is similar to using "Any Search Word(s)" field of our Standard and Advanced search interfaces.

Search Tips. To make your Quick search as precise as possible, please use the following search tips to locate exact item(s) of interest:

Regular search is done by entering one (or more) search words into various fields. For Example:



This search will produce a list of items, which includes all of the words entered (Shakespeare, Twelfth and Night) in any order.
Phrase Search: Placing quotation marks "" around any word combinations will search for an exact phrase. For Example:



This search will produce a list of items, which only includes "Shakespeare" and "Twelfth Night", where "Twelfth Night" appears only as a phrase.

Wildcard Search: Asterisk and Question Mark can be used to replace part(s) of any search word(s) and single letter in any search word respectively. This is especially useful where results may contain similar words having different endings or when exact spelling is not known. Please Note: Using wildcards and exclusion features may increase the amount of time it takes for your search to be completed. For Example:



This search will produce results which will include all items containing "Philosophy", "Philosophical" and "Philosopher", as well as "Greece" and "Greek".



This search will produce all items containing "bribe" and "bride".

Excluding Search Words: Placing hyphen immediately in front of a word or phrase will exclude any item containing this word/phrase from search results. For Example:



This search will result in items that contain "Eliot" but not "George". All items containing "George" will be excluded. Please Note: Exclusion feature can only be used stating with the second word of the search query. It cannot be used with the first search term. Thus, example above would not have worked in search query was entered as "-George Eliot"

Standard Search is available in the middle of our Homepage. To enhance precision of results, this search has 4 separate input fields:

Author
Title
Any Search Word(s)
ISBN

as well as, 2 selectors for customizing your search results:

  • How many items/page to display on the search results page (default is set to 10)
  • Limiting search results to items that were listed in our inventory in the past 2, 3 , 5, 7, 10 ....90 days. In other words only newly listed items.


Entering appropriate information in each input field will only search that part of the items' description. For Example: Entering "King" in the "Author" field will only retrieve books where King is the name of an author. It will not return items where King is part of a Title.

The only exception is "Any Search Word(s)" field, which will display results found in the whole listing similar to Quick Search. For Example: Entering "King" in to "Any Search Word(s)" field will retrieve all books where King is the name of an author, part of a Title, part of Description, etc.

Search Tips. To make your Standard search as precise as possible, please use the following search tips to locate exact item(s) of interest:

Regular search is done by entering one (or more) search words into various fields. For Example:



This search will produce a list of items, which includes all of the words entered (Shakespeare, Twelfth and Night) in any order.

Phrase Search: Placing quotation marks "" around any word combinations will search for an exact phrase. For Example:



This search will produce a list of items, which only includes "Shakespeare" and "Twelfth Night", where "Twelfth Night" appears only as a phrase.

Wildcard Search: Asterisk and Question Mark can be used to replace part(s) of any search word(s) and single letter in any search word respectively. This is especially useful where results may contain similar words having different endings or when exact spelling is not known. Please Note: Using wildcards and exclusion features may increase the amount of time it takes for your search to be completed. For Example:



This search will produce results which will include all items containing "Philosophy", "Philosophical" and "Philosopher", as well as "Greece" and "Greek".



This search will produce all items containing "bribe" and "bride".

Excluding Search Words: Placing hyphen immediately in front of a word or phrase will exclude any item containing this word/phrase from search results. For Example:



This search will result in items that contain "Eliot" but not "George". All items containing "George" will be excluded. Please Note: Exclusion feature can only be used stating with the second word of the search query. It cannot be used with the first search term. Thus, example above would not have worked in search query was entered as "-George Eliot"

Advanced Search is available from several convenient locations on our site:

  • Through the "Advanced Search" tab at the Top Menu of every ZVAB.com page.
  • Via "Advanced Search" link underneath standard search box on our Home Page
  • Or directly at the bottom of every Search Results Page (please note that search criteria of the search results is pre-filled in the Advanced Search interface at this location).


This search allows you to narrow your search results to specific item(s) of interest by entering and selecting detailed information about the item(s) or to save money on shipping by selecting bookstores located in the same country as you.



Please Note: Sometimes entering too much information may produce no results. If this occurs, we recommend that you remove some of the limiting criteria and re-try your search.

Search Tips

Regardless of the search interface, following tips will assist you in locating exact item(s) of interest:

Regular search is done by entering one (or more) search words into various fields. For Example:



This search will produce a list of items, which includes all of the words entered (Shakespeare, Twelfth and Night) in any order.

Phrase Search: Placing quotation marks "" around any word combinations will search for an exact phrase. For Example:



This search will produce a list of items, which only includes "Shakespeare" and "Twelfth Night", where "Twelfth Night" appears only as a phrase.

Wildcard Search: Asterisk and Question Mark can be used to replace part(s) of any search word(s) and single letter in any search word respectively. This is especially useful where results may contain similar words having different endings or when exact spelling is not known. Please Note: Using wildcards and exclusion features may increase the amount of time it takes for your search to be completed. For Example:



This search will produce results which will include all items containing "Philosophy", "Philosophical" and "Philosopher", as well as "Greece" and "Greek".



This search will produce all items containing "bribe" and "bride".

Excluding Search Words: Placing hyphen immediately in front of a word or phrase will exclude any item containing this word/phrase from search results. For Example:



This search will result in items that contain "Eliot" but not "George". All items containing "George" will be excluded. Please Note: Exclusion feature can only be used stating with the second word of the search query. It cannot be used with the first search term. Thus, example above would not have worked in search query was entered as "-George Eliot"