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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 Keyword Search 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. You can also set up a search that will notify you when new materials have been added that meet your search criteria.

How to:

  1. Log in to your library account.
  2. Search for your favorite author, subject, title, etc. or create an advanced keyword search including limits to material type, language, publication year, etc..
  3. When your results are displayed, click the button marked "Save my search".
  4. The next time that you log in to your library account, you can click the "My Saved Searches" button to see a list of your saved searches.
  5. Click on the search link associated with any of the preferred search terms in the list to quickly execute your search.
  6. 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 personal information includes your current email address.

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Renewals

Library cardholders may renew their own materials online. All material may be renewed except for materials with a waiting list, materials more than 28 days overdue, InterLibrary Loan materials, and items that have been renewed the maximum number of times.

How to:

  1. Log in to your library 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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Fee Payment

You can now pay any fine over $2 online using your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.

Here is how to get started:

  1. Log into your library account.
  2. Select the amount in unpaid fines and bills.
  3. Select "PAY ONLINE".
  4. Select the fines that you wish to pay, complete all of the relevant information and click submit.
  5. A confirmation page will appear next. You can print a copy of your receipt at this time and/or click OK. If you have a valid email address, receipt of payment will be sent to the address you entered in step 4.

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My Lists

Use "My Lists" to group and save titles from the Public Library catalog in your account. Track resources about your favorite hobby or titles you want to check out later.

How to Use My Lists

  1. Find items in the catalog that you would like to save to a list. Select "Add to My Lists" by individual items, or use the options at the top of the search results. Use the checkboxes in conjunction with "Add Marked to My Lists" or select "Add All to My Lists".
  2. Sign in to your library account if prompted.
  3. Select the list that you would like to add the item(s) to from the dropdown menu, or select "Create New List".

View and manage your lists by viewing your library account. Select "My Lists". On the My Lists summary screen you can view lists by selecting the list title, or delete list(s). When you view a list, you can

  • Delete some or all items
  • Export a list of items to email or HTML
  • Remove duplicate entries
  • Rename the list or change/add a description
  • Select any title on the list to see more details, including availability and holds

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Reading History

You can elect to keep track of items that you have checked out by enabling a Reading History. This is only viewable when logged in to your account online; library staff are unable to see your Reading History. You can opt in or opt out at any time. If you do not opt in, you will only be able to see items that are currently checked out. Your Reading History will track your check outs of books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, and other items, but does not track your downloadable checkouts like eBooks and eAudiobooks.

Opting In/Out

Opt in to tracking your Reading History by logging in to My Account. Choose "Reading History" from your account menu. Select the "Save Reading History" button to opt in. Your Reading History will begin saving your Reading History for items checked out after you opt in. Any items that are checked out at the time you opt in will not be tracked.

Opt out of tracking your Reading History by logging in to My Account. Choose "Reading History" from your account menu. You must first delete all of your Reading History before you can opt out of tracking. If you would like to keep a record of your Reading History before deleting it, use the "Export Reading History" button. Use the "Delete All" button at the top of the list to delete your Reading History, then select the "Opt Out" button.

Managing Your Reading History

You may delete individual items from your Reading History by using the check boxes and "Delete Marked" button.

Sort your Reading History by Title, Author, Checked Out date, or Details by selecting the linked column headers. This will sort your Reading History in ascending order.

Export your Reading History by choosing the "Export Reading History" button. This allows you to email a list or save an HTML file with your Reading History. First, choose the format of listed items (Full, Brief, or MARC display), then select "Email" or "Screen" for an HTML file. If you select "Email", provide an email address; you can choose to modify the subject line of the email sent, directly beneath the email address box. When you have finished making your selections, use the "Submit" button.

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