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Savvy Searching in the CAT

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Refine your search. Get better results!

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Browse

  • What it does: Quickly finds an item when you know the title or author
  • How to do it: Select the “Begins with (Browse)” radio button, pick title, author etc. from the drop-down box and type in your info
  • Example: Freakonomics (title); Wilde, Oscar (author)

Search using AND

  • What it does: Narrows your search
  • How to do it: Combine terms by typing ‘AND’ between them
  • Example: history AND telecommunications
Search using OR
  • What it does: Expands your search
  • How to do it: Combine terms by typing ‘OR’ between them
  • Example: Persia OR Iran

Truncation  $

  • What it does: Searches for variations on a word. Use when you need to do a broader search
  • How to do it: The CAT uses a $ as a “wildcard” to stand in for one or more letters. Place the $ at the end of the letters that are common to each word
  • Example: Typing fem$ will search female, feminine, feminism, femininity, feminist

Phrase Searching  ' '

  • What it does: Searches for an exact phrase\
  • How to do it: Enclose the phrase you want to search for in single quote marks
  • Example: ‘binge drinking’

Advanced Search

  • What it does: Lets you get fancy with your search—limit or combine the language, format, date, and more
  • How to do it: From the CAT, click on the “Advanced Search” link and choose your options
  • Example: Choose “Video Material” from Material Type box and search by keywords for DVDs
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My Library Account / I Want It

My Library Account

  • What it does: Lets you manage all your checked-out items, holds, and due dates
  • How to do it: Select the link “My Library Account”
  • Example: Renew your items (up to 2 times) online before you leave for break!

I Want It

  • What it does: Lets you place a hold on an item that is not available or at another PSU location
  • How to do it: When you find an item you want, just click the “I Want It” button and select your pick up location.
  • Example: You will receive an email notification when your item is ready to pick up—bring your PSU ID!

 

 

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