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Adding to My Lists

  • Add items you wish to add to a list to your cart.
  • View cart.
  • If you are not already logged in to your record, you will be prompted to do so.
  • From the drop down, select a list or create a new list
  • Submit.

Managing My Lists

  • Log in to your record.
  • Click on My Lists.
  • You will see a display of your lists.
  • Click on a list name to view and manage a list.

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Create a Login Name

A login name allows you to access your account online without your library barcode. Create a login name when you register for a library card or add a login name by modifying or editing your account information on your account page.

When creating a login name, it must:

  • Be unique
  • Contain alphanumeric characters (special characters are invalid).
  • Be between 6 and 25 characters in length.

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Reading History

  • Log in
  • Opt in to Reading History
  • After you opt in, items that you check out will be added to your Reading History. Prospector items and digital items are not saved in your Reading History.
  • We recommend that you periodically export your reading list and save a copy as items we remove from the collection will disappear from your Reading History.
  • Searching across your entire Reading History can be accomplished by exporting to screen and using control + F.
  • You may opt out and/or delete items from your Reading History at any time.

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Saving your searches (Classic Catalog only)

If you have a favorite author or subject for which you often search when using the catalog, you can save the search with the click of a button. This will prevent you from having to key in the search each time and lets you request new materials quicker.

How to:

  1. Log in to your library card account.
  2. Click on the "New Search" button.
  3. Search for your favorite author, subject, title, etc. or create an advanced keyword search including limits to material type, language, publication year, etc..
  4. When your results are displayed, click the button marked "Save as preferred search".
  5. The next time that you log in to your library card account, you can click the "Preferred Searches" button to see a list of your saved searches.
  6. Click on the search link associated with any of the preferred search terms in the list to quickly execute your search.
  7. You can be alerted of new materials added to the library collection which match your searches. Just check the "Mark for Email" box and be sure that your patron record information includes your current email address.

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Searching

Type the keyword you want to find. For example:

  • design
  • bleachers grisham
Search Tips
Wildcards Words may be right-hand truncated using an asterisk ('*') in place of other characters. The '*' wildcard may also be embedded in a search string. You may use '?' to replace a single character anywhere within a word.
Examples : environment* polic*, wom?n
Boolean Operators Use "and" or "or" to specify multiple words in any field, any order. Use "and not" to exclude words.
Example : stocks and bonds
Example : (alaska or canada) and (adventure and not vacation)
Field limits A field limit causes the system to search only the specified field for the specified word(s).
Grouping Keyword search results are usually grouped by relevance to bring the most likely titles to the top of the list. Each group represents a similar level of relevance and results are sorted within the group by date or title. To get an ungrouped result set, use boolean operators to form a complex query.

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Advanced Keyword Search Tips

Multiple Words

When searching multiple words the system will automatically supply the Boolean "and" operator between each word; multiple words entered for the search will all occur somewhere in the retrieved records though not necessarily in the order entered. Both examples on the right will retrieve the same results.

Phrase Searches

Search for complete phrases by enclosing them in quotation marks. Words enclosed in double quotes will appear together in all results exactly as typed.

Examples

A phrase Search:
"university science department"

Wildcards

*   Matches any number of non-space characters, starting at the specified position in the word. For example, "comput*" will match all words that begin with "comput" (e.g., "computer", "computation", etc.).
The '*' wildcard may also be embedded in a search string.

?   You may use a question mark ('?') to replace a single character anywhere within a word.

Examples

* Wildcard:
environment* polic*
comp*

? Wildcard:
wom?n

Boolean Operators

Use AND or OR to specify multiple words in any field, any order. Use AND NOT to exclude words. Select the operator you wish to use from the selection list on the Advanced Search form.

Examples

Using Boolean operators:
stocks and bonds
stocks or bonds
stocks and not bonds

Field Limits

Field limits may be specified by selecting a field limit from the selection list. These limits appear before the word or phrase to be searched. A field limit causes the system to search only the specified field for the specified word(s).

Field Limits and their meanings:

  • Author: Search only author fields
  • Title: Search only title fields
  • Subject: Search only subject fields
  • Note: Search only note fields

Grouping

Keyword search results are usually grouped by relevance to bring the most likely titles to the top of the list. Each group represents a similar level of relevance and results are sorted within the group by date or title. To get an ungrouped result set, use boolean operators to form a complex query.

Most relevant Most relevant titles 

Highly relevant Highly relevant titles 

Very relevant Very relevant titles 

Relevant Relevant titles 

Other relevant Other relevant titles 

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Troubleshooting

  • We do system maintenance every night from approximately 1 am to 2 am. You may experience system slowness or system inavailability during that time. If you are having problems at other times, please contact us.
  • The system works best when cookies are enabled in your browser and you log in to your account before searching for and requesting items.
  • The system is not set up to remember your account login information. This is a browser setting. In most cases, you will need to configure the autofill option in your browser to save this information. Please contact us if you need help configuring your browser.
  • If you are experiencing problems receiving holds notifcations or overdue notices via email, check your spam folder, and add circadm@ald.lib.co.us to your email contacts or address book. For digital Overdrive items, please add donotreply@overdrive.com.
  • In order to pay fines by credit card through your account in the catalog or on a self-check machine, the fine amount must be over $2.00. Please see a staff member if you would like to pay a fine less than $2.00.

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