The Results List now displays even more information!
You still see brief information like the author and the title, the number of available copies, and links to additional information outside the catalog itself.
Each record will show details on up to three copies, depending of course on how many copies the library you are searching actually owns. Below that list you may see the notation "There are additional copies/volumes of this item" as you do in the 4th and 5 records for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows shown below.
To see those additional copies or volumes, click on the title link in the record.
Now you can see all the copies listed under the individual record display:
For details about the other new features, see our Special functions and features tab in the Help pages.
When To Use Keyword Searching
What's New! In Keyword Searching
Most relevant titles -
Highly relevant titles -
Very relevant titles -
Relevant titles -
Other relevant titles -
You can switch from the new "Right Results" display to "Classic" Keyword results by using codes to specify parts of the record such as the author or title. See " Searching in specific parts of the record" further down in this page.
Another way to switch from "Right Results" to "Classic" is by using punctuation marks such as quotes, or switching from results sorted by Relevance to results sorted by Date or by Title. If you switch the sort order, switching back to Relevance will restore your original Relevance-grouped results.
Basic Rules for Keyword Searching
Example: type environmental and pollution
Example: type environmental pollution
Note: lower in your relevancy groupings, you may no longer see the words in this exact order.
See below for use of quotation marks to restrict your search to exact phrases.
Example: type oil or petroleum
Example: type aids and not disease if you want to look for the word aids but not the disease HIV/AIDS.
Note: this will not produce results in Relevancy groups.
Also note: aids not disease will not work for this search!
Example: type texas near history instead of texas and history, to cut down the numbers in a list.
Example 2: type texas within 5 history and then try texas within 3 history to see how the numbers you get are different from each other, and from those you get with near or and.
Searching in specific parts of the record
You can also use Keyword Searching to look for words in specific parts of the record, although this will not produce Right Results groupings.
Let's say you know you want to find a CD that has Johnny Cash singing the Nine Inch Nails song, "Hurt." But there are a lot of Johnny Cash albums in the catalog! You could try this:
Type a:cash and n:hurt
This means you looked for Cash as an "author" (of the CD) and the word hurt somewhere in the notes of the catalog record. Since these catalog record notes often contain liner notes and lists of tracks on a CD, knowing this n: code can come in handy to zero in on a single selection.
You can use these special codes for this kind of search:
a: for author searches, including (for example) the artist on a music recording or the illustrator of a children's book
t: for words in the title. This is useful when it's a common word and you don't want to find the word anywhere else in the record, but can't remember the exact title. Try t:red and t:October to find The Hunt for Red October, for example.
d: for words in the subject. Try d:Alamo and use the dropdown list to limit your search to Video/film/dvd to find movies about the battle or the mission.
n: for words in any of the notes fields. As we saw with the first example, this can really be useful for finding short or obscure material quickly.
Limiting is a way to focus the results of your search by choosing language, location, or material type from the dropdown lists or by using special commands. You can also combine limiters, and sort your results in different ways.
For more information on Limiting, see the "Search Limiting" tab on the main Help screen.
Languages currently included in the dropdown list are English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Gujarati,Hindi, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Tamil, Telugu,Turkish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. You don't have to stop there, though.
langswe (to search for material in Swedish)
langpor (to search for material in Portuguese)
Material types currently include Books, Manuscript, Scores, Music Manuscript, Microform, Map, Map Manuscript, Video/Film/DVD, Audiobooks, Sound (Music), Pictorial, Software, Instructional, Kit, Periodical, Model/Realia, E-books, and Web Resource.
Sorting your results: Lists are sorted within Right Results groupings in reverse order by date (newest titles at the top) but you can also choose to sort your search results alphabetically by title or by date order, removing the Right Results grouping.
Try this: search for butterflies, and then use the Modify Search button to limit it to Books only, or Spanish language only, to see how limiting works. Then try combining one or two limiters.
The illustration below shows a search for "Butterflies" limited to "Books" in "Spanish" and sorted by "Relevance".
Note: remember, changing the initial sort to Title or Date will remove Right Results.
The catalog comes up automatically in Keyword search, but choose Title tab when you know the exact title of an item.
In the search box, type as much of the beginning of the title that you know. You can type in the complete title to be even more precise. If what you type matches only one record exactly, that record will come up on your screen. If what you type finds more than one record, or more than one title beginning with those words, you will see instead an alphabetical “Titles Browse” list of results is displayed.
The example below shows results for a Title search for merchant of. The search results are displayed in an alphabetical order as more than one title is found.
Choose the Author tag to search for names of people or organizations as authors, composers, performers, illustrators, sponsors, and artists.
For example: Kennedy William or Kennedy W
For example: American Medical Association Division of
The example below shows an Author search for the author Kennedy William .
If there is more than one Kennedy William name found in the catalog, the search results will be displayed in a "Names Browse" list. Select the name you want by clicking on it.
Choose the All Subject or Juvenile Subjects tag to find materials on a particular topic. All Subjects will search the entire catalog, including material in the children's section. Juvenile Subjects will search only material identified as intended for children, usually located in the children's section of each library.
Library catalogs use a specific, carefully controlled list of terms for describing the subjects of material in the
In this library, and in most others, the primary list used is called Library of Congress Subject Headings. For short, librarians call it "LCSH". For juvenile material, most libraries use either the Library of Congress Juvenile Subject Headings or another list called the Sears list. Ask a librarian for help if you do not seem to find what you're looking for, since sometimes the two lists differ in terminology.
In the search box, type in a complete subject heading or the beginning of a subject heading.
A subject can be a name (in reverse order, such as "Kennedy John") or a place, or an abstract topic.
For example, in LCSH the librarian would be instructed to type: Missions -- Texas -- History.
But you can type Texas Missions or Missions Texas and still expect to find material about the history of Texas missions.
The example below shows results for a Subject Browse search on chemical weapons. You can click on a specific subject heading to find those items. Notice how the top line gives you a hint about an alternate way to look for a similar subject, Chemical agents (Munitions). You can click on that link to search that term also.
You can also mark selected subject headings and save them using the "Saved Marked Items to My Checklist" button.
To view your saved records, click on the button labeled "My Checklist".
Use Series tag to find material that is part of a series (like the American Girls books or the Complete Idiot's guides) and you do not know all the individual titles in the series. You will get the best results if you search by the exact name of the series. This search works very well to find the items in a particular Time-Life series.
The example below shows a Series Browse search for the Time Life Library of Art. Note that each item has a unique title, but all entries are found using Series Browse.
If you only know one title in a specific series, you can look at its catalog record and find the name of the series. The example below shows the record for the first title in the search above. Note that the series title, Time-Life Library of Art, can be found in the record.
On almost all results pages, and on each record display, you will see a small button like this:
"More About This Title" provides links to the Syndetics Solutions Information that can also be useful for tracking down series information. The Syndetics window that appears, often has a link to series that can help with this, as shown below; you can also get directly to the Syndetics information by clicking on the picture of the book jacket.
The Name + Title search is a shortcut search that actually works a bit like a keyword search but may be more straightforward for your needs. Use it if you know an author has written "something" the title of which contains a specific word, but you can’t recall the exact title.
This type of search can only be sorted after you bring up your list of results. See the Search Limiting tab for more details.
The Call # and Other # tabs in the catalog will take you to other types of "browse" searches. They work like the other browse searches - Title, Author, Subject, and Series, but it helps to understand what kind of numbers they are.
For example, these are typical nonfiction Dewey call numbers:
These are typical non-Dewey fiction call numbers with no numbers at all:
For example: N 1 .T42
HD 105 .F67
PN 99 .U52 H
For example: PN 99 rather than PN99
641.013 rather than 641013
The example below shows results for a Call Number Browse for 811 B . Note that a record may have additional entries.
ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number. It refers to a specific edition of a particular title. Older ISBNs were 10 digits long; newer ones are 13 digits.
ISSN stands for International Standard Serial Number. Think of it as a standard number for magazines and journals. An ISSN contains 8 digits but may end with an x.
For example: 0679839135 rather than 0 679 839 135
For example: 0003083x or 0003-083x will work if the library has this magazine.
This type of search looks for a number assigned by the office of the Superintendent of Documents to official Federal publications, grouping them by Federal departments and agencies.
It is also called a SuDoc number. It is generally used only where a library is an officially designated Depository Library.
For example: NAS or NAS 1.2:AM 3/994.
Libraries often get their descriptive data about titles from a service called a bibliographic utility. The largest one is a huge database called OCLC (Online Computer Library Center), which is compiled by thousands of member libraries.
Reference databases and bibliographies may include this number as part of the information provided about a title.
For example: 1234 or 12340679.
LCCN stands for Library of Congress Control Number. The Library of Congress assigns this number to every title they catalog, and in the days of card catalogs you would see this number printed at the bottom of a card supplied by the Library of Congress. It is still often included in reference databases and bibliographies.
For example: 13 or 12215840
This kind of search performs a keyword search in a more structured manner, using dropdown search boxes to combine terms in different ways. It allows you to do more limiting at the beginning of a search. The following is a recap of some of the techniques you can use.
What's a "Boolean operator" referred to in the table below? It's a way of combining terms and concepts using the special words AND, OR, and AND NOT, named after the British mathematician George Boole.
A "field" is just a part of the record, such as the Author, Title, Subject, or Notes.
|Multiple Words||When searching multiple words, the system will look for the terms as a phrase in the order entered. If no titles are found, the system will supply the Boolean "AND" operator between each word to create a wider search. Multiple words entered and "AND'ed" together will all occur somewhere in the retrieved records though not necessarily in the order entered. The examples on the right may retrieve different results.||
world health organization
world and health and organization
|Phrase Searches||Search for complete phrases by enclosing them in quotation marks. Words enclosed in quotation marks will appear together in all results exactly as typed. It's a good idea to include quotation marks when searching for phrases that include words such as NOT, AND, OR, NEAR, AFTER, BEFORE, WITHIN, etc.||
"world health organization""life after death"
The asterisk ('*') matches up to five non-space characters, starting at the specified position in the word. For example, "inter*" will match "internal" and "internet", but will not match "international". The '*' wildcard may only appear after at least two characters.The '*' wildcard may also be embedded in a search string. For example, "colo*r" would match both "color" and "colour".
Matches any number of non-space characters, starting at the specified position in the word. For example, "inter**" will match all words that begin with "inter" (e.g., "internal", "internet", "international", etc.).The '**' wildcard may also be embedded in a search string.
|?||You may use a question mark ('?') to replace a single character anywhere within a word.||wom?n|
|Boolean Operators and Field Limits|
Use AND or OR to specify multiple words in any field, any order. Use AND NOT to exclude words. Select the operator you wish to use from the selection list.
The NEAR operator is used to retrieve records that contain the specified words or phrases within ten words of each other in the same indexed field.
The WITHIN operator is similar to the NEAR operator, but allows the user to specify the maximum number of words that may appear between the specified words. WITHIN 10 and NEAR are equivalent.
international near conference
fractal within 3 geometry
Field limits may be specified by selecting a field limit from the selection list in the form before the word or phrase to be searched. A field limit causes the system to search only the specified field for the specified word(s). The following field limits are supported:
Limiting is a way to narrow the results of a search to find more specific search results. If you do a search that retrieves a lot of items, limiting will help you narrow the list to find the ones you're really interested in.
For example, if you searched under the subject "dinosaurs" and wanted only videos on dinosaurs, the limit option can be used to sort out all of the other types of material (like books or audiobooks) and just find the videos.
Search limits that are available include the following.
Note: Some of these limits as described below are only available following a browse search. See the Keyword and Advanced Search pages for additional information on limiting those search types.
To Limit a search, click on the button labeled "Limit/Sort" (following a browse search) or "Modify Search" (following a Keyword or Advanced search.)
The example below shows a Subject Browse search for Dinosaurs. The search found over a thousand entries divided among 119 variations of this subject. Click on the "limit/sort" button to limit your results to a more manageable number.
The screen below shows the options available to limit your search. In the example, the original Subject Browse search for dinosaurs is limited to Material Type: Videos/Film/DVD located in the Location: Alief Library. The results are sorted in date order (Year) with the most recent results at the top of the list. Click Submit to apply the limits to the original search.
This limit cut the list down to only 24 results.
The catalog screen offer additional information about most of the titles listed. This information comes from partnerships with vendors who provide this added value.
Other Web Resources
This button will open a new window leading you to external information related to your search (from a browse list) or an individual record (from a single record display.) Click on the links provided to perform a similar search at the linked site.
In this example, clicking the button directly above the search for pirates pulled up this window:
In this example, clicking the button next to the title in the list, Pirates of the Caribbean, at world's end, brought up this window:
More About this title
This button shows up when you click on an individual title.
When you click on it, it will take you to a screen provided by our vendor Syndetics Solutions showing additional information about the title. Note that available information varies with each title. The cover image is also a link to the Syndetics Solutions information about the title:
My Checklist is a feature that can be used to save search results in a temporary list. You can view the saved records on screen, download the catalog records to disk, or e-mail them to yourself or someone else.
Adding Items to My Checklist
After you have done a search and found records you would like to save:
Working with the Records in My Checklist
When you click on "My Checklist" you will be able to View, Download, or Email your list, or you will again have the option to clear the list and start over.
If you click on the View*Download*Email button, you will then be able to choose:
Click in the circle next to an option to choose it.
Click the Submit button after choosing your options:
The screen below shows the initial "View*Download*Email" screen. The Full Display option is chosen and will be sent as a Screen display after you click on the button labeled "Submit".
This is how the screen looks in full display, which can then be printed using your browser's Print functions:
If you choose Brief Display, it looks like this:
And finally, if you choose MARC display, it looks like this. Some of the information you see in a MARC display may be useful to a librarian even if it looks strange to you!
Be sure to clear your Checklist before you leave the terminal if you are working at a public terminal in the library! Closing the browser will also clear your Checklist, so be sure to save or print it if you want to keep it.
You can usually place a hold and be notified when a copy of your material is available. This can be done through the online catalog as follows:
If your browser has a "Print Preview" feature, you should always use it before attempting to actually print.
Because of the way different browsers handle printing tasks, it is possible that you might end up with blank pages instead of your search results. The best way to consistently print search results is to save the items that you want to My Checklist. See the tab labeled My Checklist (Saving/Exporting Records) for more information.
This feature will also allow you to email results to yourself as an alternative to printing a paper copy.
If you are using a library workstation, remember that your library may charge for printouts. Check with your local librarian if you have questions.
If you have a favorite author or subject for which you often search when using the catalog, you can save the search with the click of a button. This will prevent you from having to key in the search each time and let you place reserves on new materials quicker.
1. Log in to your My Library Account.
2. Click on the "Another Search " button.
3. Search for your favorite author, subject, title, etc. or create an advanced keyword search including limits to material type, language, publication year, etc..
4. When your results are displayed, click the button marked "Save as preferred search".
5. The next time that you log in to your My Library Account, you can click on "Preferred Searches" to see a list of your saved searches.
6. Click on the search link associated with any of the preferred search terms in the list to quickly execute your search.
Did you love it? Hate it? Did you feel it wasn't that bad, but it wasn't that good either? Now you can rate items you check out, keep a list of the items rated, and share your opinion anonymously with others who use the catalog.
|How to Use Ratings||Explanation of Ratings|
|1) First log into My Library Account.
2) From there choose either "SEARCH THE CATALOG", "My Preferred Searches", or the "My Reading History" icon (if you have opted into the Reading History feature) and locate the item you want to rate.
3) From either the list or the specific record display, click on the number of stars you think the items should have.
You can see your own ratings in "My Library Account." Just click on "My Ratings" after you log in. You can even change your rating if you wish.
No one else can see how you personally rated an item, but the catalog will take all the ratings you and others have given each item and display them as an average in a browse list. If you "hover" your mouse pointer over the stars, you will see how many people have submitted ratings. (If no one has rated the item, the stars will be blank.)
Reading History is an optional "My Library Account" feature that allows you to begin collecting a circulation history of the items you check out from the library. You must "Opt in" to the Reading History service to take advantage of this feature, and only then will it keep a list of material you have checked out. You can "Opt out" later if you change your mind.
IMPORTANT PRIVACY NOTICE:
The library staff will not access your reading history unless required by law or at your request.
Please be aware that if you elect to keep a Reading History, under the USA Patriot Act, it may be subject to examination by law enforcement authorities without your permission.
For more information, see the Reading History link on your library's Home Page or on the page where you first log into "My Library Account."
Public Library cardholders may renew their own materials online.
Materials with holds or reserves and materials on which you owe fines may not be renewable. Consult your local librarian if you have questions about your renewals.
3. Select the materials you want to renew by checking the boxes in the RENEW column and then click the Renew Selected button. If you want to renew everything, click the Renew ALL button.
4. If you cannot renew items, a brief explanatory message will appear on the screen.
5. If you are successful, a new due date will appear in the "STATUS" column with the word RENEWED, including a note for how many times the item has been renewed. Always check the STATUS column for information on the success or failure of your renewal.