Online Catalog Searching Tips
By using the CPC Library online catalog the collection may be searched from anywhere you have Internet access.
Here are some search tips:
1) Enter a search term into the blank search field. Then determine how the term will be searched. Choices include:
“find any word” –The search results will include any of the words (or words that contain them).
Think of the words being connected by “OR”.
Example: the search “God man” could return the following: “God and Man at Yale”, “Godly men”, “Godliness through discipline” and “Man’s best friend”.
“find all words” – The search results will include all the search words (or words that contain them).
Think of the words being connect by “AND”.
Example: the search “God man” could return the following: “God and Man at Yale”, “Disciplines of a godly man” but not “Godliness through discipline”.
“match phrase” –The search results will include the entire phrase (or phrase that it contains).
Think of the words being connected by “AND”, plus in exact order, with no other words in between those words.
Example: “God’s Word” will return “God’s words” but not “God’s holy Word” or “Word of God”.
By checking the “whole word match” box, the search will only return results where the word or words or entire phrase are EXACTLY as entered. This will eliminate partial matches of words.
2) Decide which field to search: Choices are Author, Title, Subject, Publisher, Publication Date, Call Number, or Resource Type.
The call number is the Dewy Decimal number used to shelve the books. Searching using this is similar to a subject search, as it will find books in a given area on the shelf.
The Resource Type limits by the format of the item. Choices include Books, Compact Discs, and DVDs.
Once results are displayed, you may want to return and modify the search. You can go back by clicking the [Search] button at the top of the results page.
A further option is to search by more than one criterion at a time. For this, click the “Advanced Search Screen” link in the upper right hand corner. Here, you can search for the same 7 fields, but more than one at a time, such as author and title, or author and resource type. The same choices as to words and phrases are also available from here. Click “Basic Search Screen” to toggle back to the first screen.
One further word on finding an item: the online catalog DOES NOT display the status of a resource – e.g. whether it is on the shelf, or checked out. If there is an item you find in the catalog, but in searching the library, do not find it on the shelf, please make a request for a recall by emailing the church librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Marti Stum at 410-992-7958 or email email@example.com!