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Finding Items in the duPont-Ball Library

How to find books, articles, and videos in the library

Welcome!

Welcome!

Welcome to the Guide to Finding Items in the duPont-Ball Library. This page is a step-by-step tutorial for using the new library catalog to find books, videos, government documents, music and more. Use the tabs on the left-hand side of the page for instructions on accessing and saving items you find in the catalog, and using your account.

What is the Catalog?

The catalog is an online record of print and electronic materials held by the duPont-Ball Library. It is useful when you want search for books, videos, government documents, music, and other materials that the library actually has. It is less useful when you want to search for articles from journals or periodicals and items that you can request through Interlibrary Loan.

Filtering Search Results

Here's an image of the search results screen. In the example below, a search for Twitter pulls up 138 items held at Stetson. Use the Selected Filters panel on the left-hand side  to narrow results down by  format, author, year, language, topic, and more. You can also narrow results down by adding additional search terms in Advanced Search.

Many items include a description underneath the title. Click on Read More to view the full description without leaving the search results page. 

Advanced Search

Here's an image of the Catalog Advanced Search screen, and some tips for using it.

  • The Search Index allows you to tell the catalog whether you want to find items that list your Search Term as a keyword, subject, author, title, or something else.
  • If you'd like to search for multiple Search Terms at once, enter each one into a different Search Term box. If you need more boxes, click on Add row.
  • Use the Operator drop-down box to define the relationship between each of your Search Terms. The 3 operators are: AND, OR, NOT. Use AND to tell the catalog that you'd like to find items that contain both of your Search Terms. Use OR to tell it that you'd like to find all items that contain either of your Search Terms. Use NOT if you don't want to see items that contain a specific Search Term.
  • Click on Limit your Search to get filters such as format, year, language, and more.

 

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