Searching the Catalog

Instructions for using the Classic Catalog

Searching for Partial Titles

Even if you don't remember the complete title, you can still search using the words you do remember by doing a keyword search. Keywords are any significant words in the title, the author's name or the subject headings. You can enter any words, in any order, and the catalog will try to find a match. This is very similar to how Google and other Internet search engines work. For example, let's say you're looking for a book called something like “The Legend of Jim Morrison”, but when you search by that as a title, you don't get any results. Try a keyword search for the words legend, “jim” and “morrison”. You don't need to capitalize or worry about the order of the words, and you don't need to add any words like "and" or "or" between your keywords. In this case, you'll find the book Jim Morrison: Life, Death, Legend. You don't have to limit your keywords to the title. You can also search for the author's name, or the author's name combined with words from the title. Perhaps you're looking for a book you've heard about by Kazuo Ishiguro called something like "Never leave me," but nothing turns up under that title. Try entering just the words “ishiguro never” and you'll find his book Never Let Me Go.

Limit to a Specific Library

From the main Library Catalog search screen

  1. Click on the View Entire Collection drop-down menu and select your branch.
  2. Then simply type in the appropriate keywords and click the Search Catalog button.

Find Materials in Different Languages

From the main search screen, click on the Advanced link (next to the Search Catalog button) and select the desired language from the Language box. To select more than one limit, hold the Ctrl key while clicking on your selections.

Items in a Particular Format (for example CD, DVD, video, or musical score)

  1. From the main catalog search screen, click on the Advanced link (next to the Search Catalog button)
  2. Select the desired format from the Material Type box. To select more than one limit, hold the Ctrl key while clicking on your selections.

See the Next Page link for how to find Large Print Books or go to Searching the Catalog: Making Lists for instructions for making lists. Next Page

 

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