Search Results

The search results are a list of relevant works from the catalogue. If there are many results, they are divided into several pages. At the top of the list, you can see the total number of results and go back and forth between the pages by clicking the links that say Previous or Next on top or bottom of the list. You can also click on the adjacent results page number listed. These page number links allow you to skip to that results page, if your search results needed multiple pages to display. Here is an example:


Brief information about the title, such as author, edition, publication date, etc. is displayed under each title. The icons beside the brief information indicate formats such as books, audio books, video recordings, and other formats. Have your mouse over the icon, text explanation will show up in a small pop-up box.

Clicking a title goes to the title details. Clicking an author searches all works by the author. If you want to place a hold on the title, click Place Hold beside the format icons.

On the top right, there is a Limit to Available checkbox. Checking this box will filter out those titles with no available copies in the library or libraries at the moment. Usually you will see your search results are re-displayed with fewer titles.

The Sort by dropdown list is found at the top of the search results, beside the Show More Details link. Clicking an entry on the list will re-sort your search results accordingly.

Facets: Subjects, Authors, and Series

At the left, you may see a list of Facets of Subjects, Authors, and Series. Selecting any one of these links filters your current search results using that subject, author, or series to narrow done your current results. The facet filters can be undone by clicking the link a second time, thus returning your original results before the facet was activated.



The number of available copies and total copies are displayed under each search result’s call number. If you are using a catalogue inside a library or accessing a library’s online catalogue from its homepage, you will see how many copies are available in the library under each title, too. If the library belongs to a multi-branch library system you will see an extra row under each title showing how many copies are available in all branches.


You may also click the Show More Details link at the top of the results page, next to the Limit to available items check box, to view each search result’s copies' individual call number, status, and shelving location.

Viewing a record

Click on a search result’s title to view a detailed record of the title, including descriptive information, location and availability, current holds, and options for placing holds, add to my list, and print/email.



The record shows details such as the cover image, title, author, publication information, and an abstract or summary, if available.

Near the bottom of the record, the copy summary shows how many copies are at the library or libraries you have selected, and whether they are available or checked out. It also displays the Call Number and Shelving Location for locating the item on the shelves. You can click Shelf Browser to view items appearing near the current item on the library shelves. Often this is a good way to browse for similar items. You can select Table of Contents to see the book’s table of contents online (if available). You can select MARC Record to display the record in MARC format. You can also select Awards, Reviews, & Suggested Reads and Additional Content to see more details (if available).

Placing Holds

Holds can be placed on either title results or search results page. If the item is available, it will be pulled from the shelf and held for you. If all copies at your local library are checked out, you will be placed on a waiting list and you will be notified when items become available.

On title details page, you can select the Place Hold link in the upper right corner of the record to reserve the item. You will need your library account user name and password. You may choose to be notified by phone or email.

In the example below, the phone number in your account will automatically show up. Once you select the Enable phone notifications for this hold checkbox, you can supply a different phone number for this hold only. The notification method will be selected automatically if you have set it up in your account references. But you still have a chance to re-select on this screen. You may also suspend the hold temporarily by checking the Suspend box. Click the Help beside it for details.

You can view and cancel a hold at anytime. Before your hold is captured, which means an item has been held waiting for you to pick up, you can edit, suspend or activate it. You need log into your patron My Account to do it. From your account you can also set up an Cancel if not filled by date for your hold. Cancel if not filled by date means after this date, even though your hold has not been fulfilled you do not need the item anymore.


Going back

When you are viewing a specific record, you can always go back to your title list by clicking the link Search Results on the top right or left bottom of the page.


You can start a new search at any time by entering new search terms in the search box at the top of the page, or by selecting the Another Search or Advanced Search links in the left-hand sidebar.