New Catalog FAQ
- What are some basic search tips?
- Use the Advanced Search page which provides more search options
- Use quotation marks when you're searching for a phrase and want the search terms to stay together (example: "mountain lion")
- If you're looking for either of two words, use "OR" in all caps (example: "mountain lion" OR cougar)
- If you want to search multiple endings of a word use an asterisk at the end (example: volcan* retrieves volcan, volcano, volcanos, volcanoes, or volcanic)
- After you've run your search, look at the options (facets) on the left to see if there are helpful links for focusing your search
- How do I search for a book by title?
- Go into Advanced Search
- Select "in the title" from the dropdown options in the upper left
- In the next dropdown, you can choose to select "starts with" or leave it as "contains"
- Use quotation marks to keep words together and in order for the search
- How do I search for a journal by title?
- Go into Advanced Search
- Select "in the title" from the first dropdown
- Select "starts with" from the second dropdown
- Enter the journal title in the search box
- Select Material Type: Journals
- Hit Search
- How do I search Summit?
On the Hannon Library homepage, select the "Summit" radio button for your search. Or, on the advanced search page look for "Search Scope" and select "Hannon Library + Summit."
- What am I searching when I change the scope dropdown to "Articles"?
You are searching a large database of articles and other resources that are either freely available or subscribed to by SOU (although if you click on "Expand my Results" the results may include resources that we don't have here). This search does not include our Ebsco databases or many of our other resources (although you may see Ebsco articles occasionally). To search these databases please visit the research guide most appropriate to your topic.
- How do I find books on reserve?
Go to the tab labeled "course reserves." There's a tab both on the Hannon Library homepage and also on the Advanced Search screen.
- What is the browse search?
The browse search allows you to look at the list of subjects, authors, titles or call numbers alphabetically. At the moment it is only available under "Simple Search" but it will be added to Advanced Search soon.
- How do I find books outside the consortium?
To find books not owned by one of the consortium libraries, search WorldCat.
Locating or accessing
- What are the green, yellow, and gray dots about?
- The green dot indicates that the item is available at SOU. Click on the View Online tab to see links for accessing online resources. Click on the Get It tab to see information about locating physical items.
- The yellow dot indicates that we don't have it immediately available, but you can request it through Summit. Click on the Get It tab for options.
- The gray dot indicates items that are not currently available in our system. Click on the Get It tab to see options for requesting it from elsewhere.
- How do I request an item through Summit?
Click on the Get It tab and then click on "Summit - Request item." Currently this takes you into the old Summit system (this will change in 2015). After you're in that system, you can click on the purple "Request Summit Item" and then follow the prompts. Be sure to click the "continue" button on the last page so that you see that the request was successful.
- How do I request an article through Interlibrary Loan?
If you click on "expand my results" while searching in the "Articles" scope, you'll see articles that we don't have access to here. If you're signed in as an SOU student, faculty or staff member, you can click on the "Get It" tab and then the "Order item through Interlibrary Loan" link. Sign in to the Interlibrary Loan system. The first time you do this, you'll need to answer a few questions, but after that, the system will automatically fill in the article information and then you can just click on "submit request." You should receive the article electronically in 1-7 business days and it costs $2 for students.
- How do I request a book through Interlibrary Loan?
If the book is not available through any of the other libraries in Summit, you may see a link to request through Interlibrary Loan under the Get It tab. Otherwise you can request it by using the Interlibrary Loan form. After you log in (and set up your account if this is your first time), select "book" under "New Request Forms" on the left and fill out the appropriate information.
- Why did we change?
Our consortium of 37 libraries in the Pacific Northwest is in the process of combining all of our individual catalogs into one large catalog. This will allow us to have better functionality and to share our resources more easily.
- Why does it ask us to sign in?
Signing in will allow you to see the full range of options available to you for accessing resources. It also gives you the option to save things to your "E-shelf" and to save searches.
- How do I view my account?
Click on the "My Account" link in the upper right. From here you can see items that you have checked out and renew them.
- What's the E-shelf?
You can save items to your e-shelf by clicking on the star next to the title of that item. You can view your e-shelf by clicking on the link in the upper-righthand corner.
- What are some known problems?
If you try to search for a title within quotes that includes a comma, the search isn't passed through properly. Leave out the punctuation and the search should work.
- Who can I ask if I need more help?
There is a link to help on the search pages in the upper righthand corner. You can also call the reference desk during reference desk hours at 541-552-6442. Alternatively you can contact Jim Rible or Emily Miller-Francisco.