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Last Updated: Jan 19, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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About Thorncat

Thorncat is the name we've given our library's online catalog.  Use it to find books, journals, dvds/videos, and music stored here in the library.

Balsam is a consortium of libraries to which we belong.  The Balsam libraries have a consolidated/shared online catalog system.

Evergreen is the open source software used to create the online catalog.


Search Tips


Apostrophes are not recognized.  Ex.  Searching child's will yield no results but searching childs (without the apostrophe) will yield the title A Child's Work. If this seems strange, we agree!!  However,  that is how this system works.

Capitalization is ignored.   Ex. Maine woods will get the same results as maine Woods

Dashes are ignored.   Ex.  tongue-tied will get the same results as tongue tied



Phrase searching is recognized.  Use double quotes to search for an exact phrase.  Ex. "democratic education"

Word order is ignored.   Ex. organic grower will get the same results as grower organic

A, An, And, The, Not, Of, Or are not ignored; i.e., every word you eneter is searched.   Ex.  A title search on golden and compass will not find the title Golden Compass because and is not in the title

Search terms are automatically expanded.  Ex. A search on teach finds results that may contain the words teachteaching, or teachers



Word order, capitalization and commas are ignored.   Ex.  abraham Lincoln and Lincoln, Abrahm and Lincoln Abraham will all get the same results


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