Word Search looks for words in the title, series title, contents notes, or plot summary. Contents notes list the titles of short stories or plays in a collection or the songs on a music CD. Plot summaries are included for many children's books and some adult fiction. The words that you use in your search will be highlighted in red.
Word Search works best when searching one or two words. Avoid using common words as they will return a large number of titles. Each word must be at least 3 letters long. The articles a, an, the will not be searched.
Use Word Search when you are looking for material on any topic; you don't know the first word of a title; you are looking for a song; you are looking for a play or short story. You can also truncate your search to find all forms of a word.
Author Search looks for the name of a person or a group that has created or performed a work. This includes authors, illustrators, composers, performers, conductors, actors, audio book readers, corporations and government departments. If you are searching for a person, you must know his or her last name. If you are looking for works about a person or group, use Subject Search instead.
Title Search looks for the title of a work. You must know at least the first word of the title. If you don't know the first word, use Word Search instead.
Subject Search looks for names of people or groups as well as Library of Congress Subject headings that describe what the work is about. If you are looking for works about a person, you must know his or her last name. If you have little success using Subject Search, use Word Search instead.
Call Number Search looks for the Dewey Decimal or Biography call number of an item. Use Call Number Search to check on an item when you already have a call number written down. This type of search is rarely used.
Limit or Sort
Limit or Sort is used to narrow your search. If using one of the basic searches listed above returns a long list of titles, narrow your search with limits or sort the titles by publication date. You may limit only one time per search, however, you may enter as many limits as necessary at that time.
You may limit by:
The truncation symbol * may be used in a Word Search. It broadens your search to include all words that begin with the letters you type. For example, a Word Search for ROBOT* will return titles with the word robot, robotics and robots. A Word Search for GARDEN* will retrieve titles with the word garden, gardener, gardening, gardens, and gardenia.
The three Boolean operators AND, OR, NOT may be used to broaden or narrow a Word Search.
Extended Display/Brief Display
Displays or removes the exact shelving location and call number.
Displays the search screen for same type of search you just made. If you searched for an author, the Author Search screen displays; if you searched for a title, the Title Search screen displays, etc.
Search as Word
Converts your subject or title search into a Word Search. This is especially useful when your subject or title search is unsuccessful. First, check your spelling, then take advantage of this feature.
Rodman Public Library cardholders may request a reserve for an item not on the shelf. You will be notified by telephone or mail when the item is available for pick up. For further information on how to place a reserve, check Placing a Reserve .
Next Screen or Previous Screen
Displays the next group of records or the previous group of records.
Next Record or Previous Record
Displays the details of the next record in the list or of the previous record in the list.
Return to Browse List
Returns to the group of records from displaying the details of a single record.
Returns to the opening Online Catalog screen.