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How to Search Austin Online Catalog

Basic search | Advanced search | Placing Holds | Viewing Your Account | Create Booklist | Search History

Basic Search:

  • Click the Basic link under the Search tab at top of the screen

  • Choose whether you want to perform an  Anywhere Keyword (which includes title, author, subject, and notes), Subject Keyword, Title starts with Author, or Periodical starts with search

  • Type in your search term(s)

  • Click Go

  • The first 10 records from your search will display on the screen. To move through the list of results, scroll down by clicking the down arrow in the lower right corner of the window

  • Click  on the author or title (depending on what type of search you did) to see more information about each item, including whether it's checked out. (Scroll down to see the location information)

  • Click Next to see more records

  • You may sort your search results by publication date or alphabetically by author or title by using the Sort by drop-down box

  • You may limit your search to a particular collection, location or language by using the Limits drop-down box

  • Use the Print button on your browser to print a single record

  • Use the Search box at the top of the screen to perform a new search

  • Use the Refine Search link to modify your search

Advanced Searching:

Browse Searches:

  • Select the Browse link below the  Search tab

  • Choose the desired search type from the list

  • Enter your term(s) in the corresponding box

  • Click Go

  • You will see an alphabetical list of  titles, authors, or subjects where yours should be listed.  If it did not find an exact match to your words, it will show you the listings that follow it alphabetically.

  • For help with Reserve searches, see How to Access Electronic Reserve Materials

Advanced Searches:

  • Select the Advanced link below the Search tab

  • Choose the desired search type from the drop-down box

  • Enter your term(s) in the desired search box

  • If desired, you can combine your search with another search by choosing AND, OR, NOT from the drop-down box (see Combining Searches)

  • Click Go

  • You may limit your search to a particular collection, location or language by using the Limits drop-down box

  • You may also sort your search results by publication date or alphabetically by author or title

  • Click Go

How to request an item currently checked out to someone else:

  • Find the item

  • Click the Request Item button on the right of the screen

  • Fill out the form that appears with your User ID ( initials plus last 4 of SSN -- example: abc1234)

  • Click Request.  Your request will stay in the system for 4 weeks

  • Once the item has been returned, you will be notified that the item is available. The item will be held for you at the Circulation Desk for one week

How to see information about items you have borrowed:

  • Click My Account tab at top of  the  screen to see if you have books checked out, fines, blocks, or holds on any library items, as well as renew books you have checked out

How to create a booklist:

  • Click the Add to my list button to add a title to your booklist.  You may add as many titles as you like to My List

  • If you are logged into My Account, any list you create will automatically be saved

  • After you add an item to My List, you may View the list, Remove an item from the list, Save (must be logged into My Account) or Email your list

Search History

  • A temporary record is kept for your searches each time you search for library items

  • Your Search History is only active during the current search session

  • Click on the History hyperlink near the top of the screen to see your search history

  • Your Search History page will be displayed and you can view all of the searches you have performed during this session

  • You may Edit or Clear your search history 


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