How to search the library catalog2Webinar Transcript
How to Search the Library Catalog
YOU WILL LEARN:• How to access the library catalog• Basic skills in reading catalog information• How to place a hold• Other ways to search the catalog• Quick search tips• How to search for materials in other LOGIN libraries
Accessing the Catalog• The library’s catalog can be accessed in multiple ways and from multiple avenues:• At the Market Place at the front of the library• Along the stacks in the adult fiction and reference sections• In the Children’s library• Remotely from your home computer• Mobley from your smart phone or mobile device
Accessing the Catalog• To access the catalog remotely from your home computer use the following URL: – http://www.monroetownshiplibrary.org/index.html OR • Type “Free Public Library of Monroe Township” into a Google or Bing Search
Our link is atthe top of theresults list.
Enter desired book title, author, or subject matter in search field
Click “Search Catalog” to view results!The Hunger Games
Click the bookof your choice to obtaindetails about the book.
Or click thedetailsbutton
Note one copy is available. And one copy of the book has been checked out!
Write it down and take it with you tothe shelves to better find your book!
Place a hold on a bookand pick it up later or when it is available!!
How to Place a Hold Enter your library card number (including the letter )Click the “PlaceHold” button.
Other Ways to Search Our Catalog!
TYPES OF SEARCHESThere are three major ways to searchour catalog: •Keyword search •Browse search •Exact search
TYPES OF SEARCHESWithin these searches you can choose howyou are going to search: •Words or phrases •Author •Title •Subject •Periodicals •Series
TYPES OF SEARCHES
QUICK SEARCH TIPSSearching by words or phrases and subject:•Searches are more efficient if the word or phrase is contained within quotation marks•i.e. “dogs”•Searches are more precise if you use Boolean connectors to narrow search: •“dogs” AND “competition” OR “shows” • AND = include •OR = substitute •NOT = exclude
How your results are displayed depends on the main search type you havechosen (keyword search, browser search, or exact search).
QUICK SEARCH TIPSSearching by Author:•i.e. “Collins, Suzanne”, “Meyer, Stephanie”, or “Rice, Anne”•Putting the first name first and last name second could generateobscure results. Using the above method, will better ensure asuccessful search.
This is what your search should resemble.
QUCK SEARCH TIPSSearching by Title, Series, and Periodical:• i.e. “The Night Circus”; “The Hunger Games”; or “The New York Times”• Try to type the title exactly as it appears on the publication
SERIES SEARCH Results displayed as a list.
What if what I want is not available at theFree Public Library of Monroe Township?
CHOOSE ANOTHER LIBRARY
CHOOSE ANOTHER LIBRARY
Need Help?Don’t forget that you can aska librarian for help with the catalog by visiting the reference desk!OrCall us at 856-629-1212 ext 206