1 Library Search or Destiny Quest?
Access all search tools for finding materials in owned, physically or virtually, by our library. Use a standard search interface, or opt for the visually rich experience of Destiny Quest.
3 What's my search strategy?
Searches sift through the entire record (title, subjects, description, etc.) for an item. Use this when you're not sure exactly what you need, as it casts a wide net and brings back lots of choices.
Searches for items by title (or words in title). Use this if you know a word in the title of the book or the complete title. Misspellings and words not in a title can throw this search off.
Searches for items by a particular author. First and last name will provide the best results, and spelling counts!
Searches the subjects headings assigned by librarians. Works best when you KNOW commonly used subject headings.
Use this to find additional books in a series, when you know the name of the series.
Consider these two searches:
Subject searches look for subject pre-assigned by a librarian. The selection of these subjects is based on a two-step process:
This process does not always take into account pop culture vocabulary, synonyms or new subjects.
Keyword searches sift through the entire record. This includes titles, descriptions, and subjects. The net cast is wider and your results list will be longer. You may get some irrelevant items, but you'll be less likely to miss out on items due to the librarian's subjective interpretation of the subject.
Keyword searches are recommended, unless your subject is well defined and very specific. The keyword search will help you find resources that are not primarily about what you're looking for, but may include what you're looking for.
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