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Search Tips

Basic Searching

  1. Type your search terms in the search box.
  2. Select the type of search you want to conduct. “Keyword” finds records containing the words you typed. If using more than one term, type “and” in between them. For example: “Shel Silverstein and giving tree”.
  3. Select the category you want to search (title, author, subject, etc.).
  4. Select the location where you want to search. You can search individual libraries such as just Stoneham’s holdings or you could choose “View Entire Collection” which allows you to search all libraries in the NOBLE Network at once.
  5. Click on the “Search” button to begin the search.

Locating an item

  1. Once you have found the item you want, click on the “Full Record” button. This will bring up the full record of the item, including availablity and location.
  2. If it is not available in Stoneham, you can still place the item on hold.

Search by Author

  1. Set the search scroll bar to “Author”. The default is “Keyword”. Type the name of the author, actor, musician, or singer in the search box. For example: “King, Stephen”, “Beethoven”, or “Robert Redford”. Capital letters are not necessary.
  2. Select the location where you want to search. You can search individual libraries such as just Stoneham’s holdings or you could choose “View Entire Collection” which allows you to search all libraries in the NOBLE Network at once.
  3. Click “Search” to begin search.

Searching by Title

  1. Set the search scroll bar to “Title”. The default is “Keyword”. Type the title of a book, movie, album, etc. in the “Search For” box. For example: “To Kill a Mockingbird”, “Citizen Kane”, or “Abbey Road”. Capital letters are not necessary.
  2. Select the location where you want to search. You can search individual libraries such as just Stoneham’s holdings or you could choose “View Entire Collection” which allows you to search all libraries in the NOBLE Network at once.
  3. Click “Search” to begin search. This will bring up all records with this title. Click the “Full Record” button for the title you want to bring up the full record.

Searching by Subject

  1. Set the search scroll bar to “Subject”. The default is “Keyword”.Type the subject term(s) in the “Search For” box. Remember to put the word ?and? in between terms. For example: “French Revolution”, “cats and fiction”, or “skateboarding and juvenile literature”. Capital letters are not necessary.
  2. Select the location where you want to search. You can search individual libraries such as just Stoneham’s holdings or you could choose “View Entire Collection” which allows you to search all libraries in the NOBLE Network at once.
  3. Click “Search” to begin search. This will bring up all records with this title. Click the “Full Record” button for the title you want to bring up the full record.

Audio/Video/Large Print

  1. To search for an audio cassette or CD, video (VHS or DVD), or a large print book, click on¬†“Advanced Search”¬†button.
  2. Click on the format you want to search by using the scroll bar near “Material Type”.
  3. Continue as you normally would for a search.

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