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Posted on November 30, 2017 at 11:11 AM by Angela Sumner
Tips for using the Suffolk Public Library Catalog
Do you want to become a library catalog search master, learn to search the catalog like a librarian, or simply find the book you want to read? Here are a few helpful tips and tricks to become more search savvy.
How to access the Suffolk Public Library catalog:
Outside of the library: Access the catalog at: https://www.suffolkpubliclibrary.com/
Inside the library: Use any of the designated OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) computers found throughout each library location
Types of common searches:
Keyword: general search option that searches multiple areas of a record to include title, author, subject, and description fields. This is the most basic search and the best to use if you know a general topic that you are looking for but not the specifics, and will provide you with the most results.
Title: only searches the title field of records. Best if you know the specific title and correct spelling of the book/material you are searching for.
Author: only searches the author field of the record. Best if you would like to find all books by a particular author in the library catalog.
Subject: searches the subject fields of the records. Can be difficult to get accurate results, and in most instances performing a keyword search will produce better search results.
Narrow your search further by selecting the boxes for type of material, subject, author, series, or publication date:
Once you have found what you are looking for you can view the Availability, place the item on Hold, or go to the proper digital resource to check out an e-book or digital audio book. Try out one, two, or all of these tips to become a Suffolk Public Library catalog search master.
Tag(s): tech tuesday, tech tip, catalog search
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