One of the most significant features of the new catalog is the ability to limit search results. This feature appears on the left-hand side of the screen after you have searched for an item. For example, let’s say you search ‘The Hunger Games’ in the search bar. On the left-hand side of the screen you will see various ‘limiters’, such as Format, Location, Author, Subject, Publication Date, and Collection. You can limit or narrow your search results by check-marking the relevant limiters and clicking ‘include’. For example, if you are looking for the Hunger Games book you can limit your search results by check-marking ‘books’ and clicking ‘include’. Then only books related to The Hunger Games would appear in your search results. Doing the same but clicking exclude would show all non-book items.
Searching for ‘The Hunger Games’ and limiting by ‘books’ does not, however, demonstrate the full power of this tool. Let’s say you are looking for a certain type of item in one of our collections, like comedy films on DVD. Search ‘dvd’ in the search bar. Under ‘Subject’ you will see that you can limit the search results (in this case every dvd in our system) by comedy films.
What if you only want a list of the comedy films at a particular branch of the library system?
Then limit your search by branch under ‘Location’.
What if you only want to see the newest comedy films in our collection?
Sort by Publication Date using the “sort by…” menu at the top right of the screen.
Advanced Search is also a great feature of the new catalog. To get to it, click ‘advanced search’ next to the search bar at the top of the screen. From here one can, for example, limit their search by format type. So, if you were to select ‘Books on CD’ in the ‘Format Type’ dropdown menu and click the advanced search button on the bottom of the screen, all Books on CD in our system would appear in your search results.