Web Client - Search the Catalog



Search the Catalog provides access to title, volume, and copy records and cataloging and holdings maintenance functions. Staff have access to different information than patrons.

TIP When helping patrons with reference or reader's advisory questions, PLS recommends that staff use the online catalog instead of the web client.

TIP The search form and results, and various catalog function interfaces are contained in panes within the Catalog tab. There will be two scroll bars - one for the browser window, and another for the function pane. Related to this - clicking links within the catalog, including author names, Library, Copy and Volume hold, "Reviews, Series, Suggested Reads, Summaries & More" section will open the OPAC page and take you out of the staff catalog.

Types of search

There are three types of search available in the catalog

  • Basic Search - single index selection, single format selection, single library selection
  • Advanced Search - default web client search; combine multiple indexes, select multiple filters, single library selection, etc., includes additional options for numeric and MARC searching
  • Browse the Catalog - shelf browse feature, based on title, author, subject, series, by OWWL or a single library

Basic Search

  1. Enter a search term
  2. Select a search index
  3. Select a format (optional)
  4. Select a library (use OWWL to see all holdings)
  5. Click Search

Advanced Search

Advanced search allows combining multiple elements in one search for very targeted results. However, being too precise can eliminate relevant results due to cataloging errors, staff typing errors

TIP A basic keyword search, limited by a format, is usually sufficient for the majority of catalog searches!

Search Indexes

Search Filters

Numeric Search

Expert Search

Browse the Catalog

Search Strategies

Search Results


Record Summary



Navigate records


Additional Details

Review, Series, Suggested Reads, Summaries & More

Shelf Browser

MARC Record

View Holds


Holdings View


Topic Subject Web Client
Service Evergreen
Documentation type None

Includes RT Form? No

Topic revision: r6 - 01 May 2019 - 15:06:58 - LindsayStratton

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