Instructions for searching the Library Catalog

  • Instructions for searching the Library Catalog





    Searching the Catalog (a.k.a. –Destiny)

    How do I know which search button to use?

    If you are not sure when or how to use the different search options, see these examples:

    Searching by Keyword

    When you enter a word or term and click Keyword, Destiny returns a list of items with that word almost anywhere in the record.

    The Keyword Search is best used when you have a complex search term that contains keywords from more than one of the other searches (author, title, subject, or series).
    For example, searching for Willy Wonka AND Dahl (title and author keywords) gets this result:
    Charlie and the great glass elevator: the further adventures of Charlie Bucket and Willy Wonka, chocolate-maker extraordinary by Roald Dahl.

    Searching for Goosebumps AND Stine AND legend (series and author and title keywords) results in just Legend of the lost legend by R. L. Stine. Had you just searched on just one of those three words, your results list may have been quite long. (There are about 100 books in the Goosebumps series, several authors named Stine, and dozens of books with legend in the title.)

     

     

    To search for all items with the word west, type west and click Keyword.
    With such a common word, the Search Results list would probably be very long. It could include items like these:

    • Faster than a horse : moving West with engine power by Suzanne Hilton
      (The title has West in it.)
    • West Virginia by Wende Fazio
      (The title begins with West.)
    • West Side story
      (The title begins with West.)

    If the list is too large, enter a more specific term or choose another search type.

    Searching for a title

    When you enter a word or term and click Title, you get a list of items with that word anywhere in the title.

    For example, to search for all items with the word west in the title, type west and click Title.

    The Search Results list could include items like these:

    • Faster than a horse : moving West with engine power by Suzanne Hilton
      (The title has West in it.)
    • West Virginia by Wende Fazio
      (The title begins with West.)
    • West Side story
      (The title begins with West.)

    Searching for an author

    If you know the author of a book, and want to find others written by the same one, enter all or part of the name and click Author.

    For example, if you type west and click Author, you would get items with that word anywhere in the author's name, like these:

    • The friendly persuasion by Jessamyn West
    • The World almanac of presidential campaigns by Eileen Shields-West.
    • After the fact : the art of historical detection by James West Davidson and Mark Hamilton Lytle

    Author and illustrator names are stored in similar places in the records, so you can search for items illustrated by particular person using the same steps.

    Searching for a subject

    If you want to find items about a certain subject, topic, person, or place, enter all or part of it and click Subject.
    Make sure to use the plural form, if your search term has one, instead of the singular. Enter flies instead of fly or lions instead of lion.

    For example, if you type west and click Subject, you would get items with that word anywhere in the list of their subjects, like these:

    • A treasury of western folklore
      (The book is about folklore in the U.S. West.)
    • The silk and spice routes by Struan Reid
      (The book is about trade routes between the Far East and the West.)
    • Lewis and Clark : voyage of discovery by Stephen E. Ambrose

    Searching for a series

    If you enjoyed a book that belongs to a series, like Goosebumps or The Baby-Sitters Club, and want to find books in the same series, enter all or part of the series name, and click Series.

    For example, if you type west and click Series, you would get items with that word anywhere in the series name, like these:

    • Henry Brown, the outlaw-marshal by Bill O'Neal
      (This book is in the series, The Early West.)
    • Weather in the West : from the midcontinent to the Pacific by Bette Roda Anderson
      (This book is in the Great West series.)
    • Fundamentals of logic design by Charles H. Roth, Jr.
      (This book is in the West Series in Electrical Engineering.)

    How do I include One Search?

    If your library subscribes to One Search, Destiny includes One Search databases in every search that is not limited by reading program. The search results from the online databases are on the One Search tab.

    What are stop words?

    These words are so common that searching on them is not productive. To save time, Destiny ignores them when they are used in Basic and Power searches. You can leave them out of your search term.

     

     

     

    Browsing

    You could browse through a list: Just click browse subjects. Depending on the button you clicked, it might be browse titles, browse authors, browse series, or browse subjects. You will not have a browse link if your search included limiters.

    • To scroll through the list, click the arrows.
    • To open a list of library materials, click an entry with a number in brackets.
    • To open a list of websites, click an entry with a WebPath Express icon.




    If you misspell a word

    If you misspell a search word, or Destiny cannot find your word, Destiny asks you, Did you mean...?. If Destiny's word is correct—if it is the word you want—click the word to see the search results. If not, click Refine your search and try again.

    example
    If you type dinasors, Destiny asks you, Did you mean "dinosaurs"?. Click dinosaurs if that is the word you meant to enter.

     

    KEYS TO FINDING THE RIGHT BOOK FOR YOU

    -          Is your book available or checked out?

     

    -          Did you write down the author, title and call number?

     

    -          Does your book have enough pages?

     

    Is your book fiction or non-fiction?