Online Catalog Basics Video Tutorial
USING SEARCH FILTERS
When searching for books using our online catalog, there may be times when you get a lot of results if your search term is fairly general. Search filters will help you narrow down the results so they are more manageable.
The list of filters appears to the left of your results. There are different categories for filters, including format, availability, recently added, subject, and language. Depending on your results there will be different filters to choose from.
Filters can either keep titles on the list or remove them. To keep titles that match a filter (i.e. Recently Added: within 1 month), click the words of the filter. Books that do not match that filter will be removed.
Conversely, you can click the small circle with the minus sign to remove results that match the filter.
Clicking on multiple filters will further focus your results. For example, you can search for mysteries, then select filters for books added over the last year that have copies immediately available. These two filters alone reduce results by thousands of titles!
If you accidentally click on a filter, you can use your browser’s back button to get the removed books back on the list. There are also links above your results list that allow you to remove filters you’ve selected.
REQUEST A BOOK
Each title on a results list has a box next to it. To request a title, check this box, then click the Add Selected to Book Basket button at the top or bottom of the results list. You can check multiple titles and add them all with one button click.
Clicking the Add Selected to Book Basket button will take you directly to your book basket. You can choose to go back to your search results to add more books, or you can finalize your requests by clicking the Proceed to Checkout button.
If you are already logged in, once you proceed to checkout the titles in your book basket will be added to your request list. If you are not logged in, you will be prompted to do so. If you do not know your login information, you can click the Email Basket button to send us the list of books.
You can mark up to three requests per day as rush requests. Marking a request as a rush means it will be favored ahead of other requests, and if we have an available copy of the book it will mail out in your next shipment.
You can have as many books on request as you want, but we recommend keeping your request list at a reasonable level. Newer requests will be favored ahead of older requests, and requests expire after one year. We purge expired requests once a year.
USE A BOOK’S FULL RECORD
Each book in our collection has a very short record that will appear in a search results list, as well as a much larger full record that provides much more information about the book. You can also use these full records to find similar books or all the other books in a series.
To open a book’s full record, you just click on the book’s title. Much of the information on the page functions as a link that will run a search for whatever you click on. Here is how you can use these links:
- Author name: clicking on the author’s name will help you find all the books by that author in our collection.
- Series: if you know the book is part of a series, click the series name to quickly find all the other books in that series.
- Narrator: say you like listening to a reader’s voice, and want to read whatever they’ve narrated. Click on their name and you’ll get that list.
- Local Subject: if you’ve just read a book you really like because of its subject, look that book up in our catalog then click on the local subject links to find other books that are coded with the same subject. You can then use filters to refine the list even more.
You can also add a book to your book basket directly from the book’s full record.