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Searching

Type the keyword you want to find. For example:

  • design
  • bleachers grisham
Search Tips
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 use '?' to replace a single character anywhere within a word.
Examples : 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.
Example : stocks and bonds
Example : (alaska or canada) and (adventure and not vacation)
Field limits A field limit causes the system to search only the specified field for the specified word(s).
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.

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Advanced Searching Tips

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.

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.

Examples

A phrase Search:
"university science department"

Wildcards

*   Matches any number of non-space characters, starting at the specified position in the word. For example, "comput*" will match all words that begin with "comput" (e.g., "computer", "computation", 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.

Examples

* Wildcard:
environment* polic*
comp*

? Wildcard:
wom?n

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.

Examples

Using Boolean operators:
stocks and bonds
stocks or bonds
stocks and not bonds

Field Limits

Field limits may be specified by selecting a field limit from the selection list. 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
  • Subject: Search only subject 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 

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Saving your searches

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.

Note: There is a limit to 40 saved searches. Once you have reached that limit, you will no longer be able to add any more. You will need to delete old saved searches to create new ones.

How to:

  1. Log in to your account.
  2. Click on the "New 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 account, you can click the "Preferred Searches" button 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.
  7. You can be alerted of 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.

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Requesting Items (Placing a hold)

You may request that an item be held for you at your library. The copy that you receive may come from your home library, or it may come from one of the other Arrowhead libraries.

Placing a Request
  • Search for the material you want to request.
  • When you find an item you want to request, click on the Request link below the image in the browse display or the Request button in the menu bar above the single record display.
  • You will then get a "Request Verification" screen. Type in your library barcode number and PIN. You must also select a pickup location. This will usually be your home library. Then click the SUBMIT button.
  • You will get a message that your request was successful or an indication that it was denied.
Placing Multiple Requests at Once
  • You can "SAVE" records to a "Book Bag" during a session. To do this in a browse view, select the checkbox to the left of the items that you want to request. Then click the Add Marked to Bag option at the top of the list. You will now have a new botton at the top of the page, View Bag. Click this.
  • Click the Request Saved button at the top of the page to request all in your bag.
Viewing Your Requests/Holds
  • Log into your account. If you have any holds they will appear in the list on the main page.
Freezing Requests/Holds
  • You can "freeze" requests. They will not be fulfilled until you "unfreeze" them, but they will maintain your position in the request queue.
  • Look at your requests (see above).
  • Click the check box (on the right) next to the title you want to freeze (if there is no check box, you cannot freeze it - an item is available or on the way).
  • Click the Update List button.
  • To "unfreeze" (reactivate) the request uncheck the check box and click the Update List button.
Canceling Requests/Holds
  • Look at your requests (see above).
  • Click the checkbox to the left of the title you want to cancel.
  • Click the Update List button.

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Renewals

You may renew your own materials online. All material may be renewed except for materials with reserves and materials on which you owe fines.

How to:

  1. Log in to your account.
  2. If not the default view click the "Items currently checked out" link to view the materials you have checked out.
  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 message will appear on the screen. If you are successful, a new due date will appear in the "STATUS" column. Always check the STATUS column for information on the success or failure of your renewal.

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My Lists

To create a list of records you must be logged into My Library. You can log into your library account either before you do a search, or after you have searched and found items you want to save.

Saving Records
  • Do a search and click on the checkbox(s) for the record(s) you want to save to a list.
  • Select the button "Save to My Lists." If you are not logged into My Library you will be prompted to login.
  • To add records to an existing list, select the name of the list from the pull-down. To create a new list select "create a new list" from the bottom of the pull-down.
  • The selected records will be saved to your existing or new list.
Using a Saved List
  • Log into your account.
  • Click on the "My Lists" button on the right.
  • To delete lists either select the individual list by clicking in the checkbox to the left of the list, or click on the "Delete All" button to delete all of your lists. Once deleted you will have to re-create the list if you make a mistake.
  • To Manage a list, click on the underlined list name.
    • To export, click on "Export List."
    • Select the records you want to export by clicking in the checkbox to the left of the title, or click the "Save All" button to select all the records.
    • Click on the appropriate format for the list (we recommend selecting Brief Display).
    • To e-mail a list, add your e-mail address.
    • Click the submit button to send the email.
    • To send the list to the screen so you can cut and paste records select Screen. Formatted records will be sent to the screen.
    • To save the list to your computer, select Disk and you will be prompted for a location on your computer where the records will be saved.
Removing Duplicates
  • Click on the Remove Duplicate button to have the system look for duplicate records within your list.

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