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Understanding Your Search Results

Sample Search Result:



Options in Gray Bar at top of page

Sort By - in addition to sorting by Relevance, you may sort by Title, Author, and Publication Date

Show More Details - this will allow you to see more information (isbn, publisher, etc) about the item in the results list

Limit to available items  - this will show you only those items that are available for check out and aren't already checked out to another patron


Search Results (in the main body of the page)

Title - This is listed first.  By clicking on it you will see more details about the item

Author - This is listed after the title.  By clicking on the author, the system will do a search on other items in our collection by this author.

Call Number - This is necessary to find the item on our library shelves.  Be sure to jot it down.

Available Copies - In the example above, there is one copy in our library and it is available for check out.  The reason for the multiple listings is because we belong to the Balsam Consortium of libraries that are using this system.  The system is set up this way due to the consortium.  By default, we have set things so that you will only see what is available in Thorndike Library.  If an item is checked out, you would see this message:

"0 of 1 copy available at Thorndike Library, College of the Atlantic"


Left Side Bar

This provides a way for you to filter through your results.  By selecting one of the options in the various filters, the results that match that filter will be displayed.


Right Side Bar

This allows you to put a Hold on an item.  However, we are not currently recognizing this feature, so please do not use it.  You can also save this item to your own personal list, provided you are logged in under My Account.