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Wildcards

Words may be right-hand truncated using an asterisk ('*') in place of other characters. The '*' wildcard may also be embedded in a search string. You may also use '?' to replace a single character anywhere within a word:
  • environment* polic*, wom?n

Boolean Operators

Use "and" or "or" to specify multiple words in any field, any order. Use "and not" to exclude words:
  • romans and commentaries
  • (china or japan) and (buddhism and not hinduism)

Grouping

Keyword search results are usually grouped by relevance to bring the most likely titles to the top of the list. Each group represents a similar level of relevance and results are sorted within the group by date or title. To get an ungrouped result set, use boolean operators to form a complex query.

Multiple Words

When searching multiple words the system will automatically supply the Boolean "and" operator between each word; multiple words entered for the search will all occur somewhere in the retrieved records though not necessarily in the order entered. Both examples on the right will retrieve the same results. Note the following examples:

Phrase Searches

Search for complete phrases by enclosing them in quotation marks. Words enclosed in double quotes will appear together in all results exactly as typed. Example:

Wildcards

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".

You may use a question mark '?' to replace a single character anywhere within a word. For example, "s?tting" would match both "setting" and "sitting".

Boolean Operators

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 on the Advanced Search form.

Field Limits

Field limits may be specified by selecting a field limit from the selection list in the form above. These limits appear 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). Field Limits and their meanings:
  • Author: Search only author fields
  • Title: Search only title fields
  • Subject: Search only subject fields
  • Note: Search only note fields

Grouping

Keyword search results are usually grouped by relevance to bring the most likely titles to the top of the list. Each group represents a similar level of relevance and results are sorted within the group by date or title. To get an ungrouped result set, use boolean operators to form a complex query.
  • Most relevant Most relevant titles 
  • Highly relevant Highly relevant titles 
  • Very relevant Very relevant titles 
  • Relevant Relevant titles 
  • Other relevant Other relevant titles 
Library cardholders may renew their own materials online. All material may be renewed except for materials with reserves and materials on which you owe fines.

How to renew items:

  1. Log in to your My Account.
  2. If your list of currently checked out items is not displayed, click the "# Items currently checked out" link in the large box below your personal information box to view the materials you have checked out.

  3. Select the materials you want to renew by checking the boxes in the RENEW column on the left, and then click the Renew Selected button at the top or bottom of the list. If you want to renew everything, click the Renew ALL button.

  4. You will then be prompted with a new screen confirming your request to renew the selected items.

  5. Always check the STATUS column on the right side for information on the success or failure of your renewal.
    • If you are successful, a new due date will appear in the "STATUS" column.
    • If you cannot renew any of your items, a message will appear on the screen with the reason indicated.
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 will let you place holds on new materials.

How to set up preferred searches:

  1. Log in to your My Account.
  2. In the search box drop-menu, select the type of catalog search you'd like to perform, and enter your search term(s) to search for your favorite author, subject, title, etc. or conduct a simple keyword search.

  3. When your results are displayed, click the button marked "Save as Preferred Search."

  4. The next time you log in to your My Account, you can click the "Preferred Searches" button to see a list of your saved searches.

  5. Click on the search link associated with any of the Preferred Searches in the list to quickly execute your search.

  6. You can be alerted about new materials added to the library collection which match your searches. Just check the "Mark for Email" box and be sure that your patron record information includes your current email address. (screenshot above)
My Record Feeds allows you to configure an RSS feed (dynamically updated links/content) to send specific information updates from your library account to your personal computer's web browser, email client, or a standalone program. These links are constantly updated and you can be notified and receive the latest updates from your library account regarding:
  • Items that are ready for PICKUP on the hold shelf.
  • Items that are due SOON.
  • Items that are due TODAY.
  • Items that are OVERDUE.
  • Items that are checked out and RECALLED.
  • New FINE or FEE.

Setting up My Record Feeds

To use My Record Feeds, you must log into My Account, and then click the "My Record Feeds" link. You then need to subscribe to My Record Feeds in any of the following ways:
  • Use the Live Bookmark feature of a browser or other RSS feed reader.
  • Manually add a Live Bookmark to your browser or other RSS feed reader.
  • Copy the URL displayed in your browser and use it to subscribe, using an RSS feed reader.

Feeds URL to Copy

Viewing My Record Feeds

The bookmarks created above act like folders, but they are populated with a title and link to the RSS feed. Clicking on the link will take you to the library's catalog where you can log in to My Account and view your information.