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Have you ever been searching for something in the library catalog and just can’t seem to find exactly what you are looking for? Here are 5 tips to help you find what you’re really searching for:

1. NARROW BY COLLECTION

Under the “Collection” filters on the left side of the screen, select “View All.” In this particular search, we will select “J Informational” to find all Minecraft books that are in our Juvenile Informational Collection.

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2: LANGUAGE

A search for titles written in a certain language can be done by filtering by language. 

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3. AUTHOR SEARCH

When searching for all titles by a particular author, search for the name with the last name first. To locate all books by Gordon Korman, we would type, “Korman, Gordon.”

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4. FORMAT

The “Format” filter can be used to narrow your search to just items that are particular format. This is helpful in narrowing your selection to just DVDs, audio books on CD, etc.

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5. SUBJECT

The “Subject” filter can be very helpful in narrowing results to items that have a particular subject heading assigned by the Library of Congress. To do this, you would first select the type of format you need under “Format.” Next, select the desired collection from the “Collection” list. Finally, you can view the subject options under “Subject” to narrow your search further.

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PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

Here’s an example of how you can use these tips all together to narrow your search further. In this search, we typed “World War II” in the search bar and limited our results in “Language” and “Collection” in order to locate a Spanish picture book on the topic of World War II.

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