The Complete Guide to PamCat
The Advanced Search feature lets you search using multiple terms, search limiters (more on that in a bit), and even different search methods. To go to Advanced Search, click the link on the PamCat home page or bookmark www.pamcat.org/uhtbin/cgisirsi.exe/0/0/0/38/X/POWER_SEARCH
The upper section of Advanced Search lets you use a variety of terms at once, rather than a single word or phrase. Using the pull down menus, select how you want to search – by word, author, title, subject, or series. You can fill in as many of these fields as you want, and the drop down menus allow you to change how each line is used.
The lower section of Advanced Search lets you use "limiter fields" to refine your search. Limiters narrow the focus to specific types of material or things in particular locations. This allows you to choose a specific library, language, format, reading level, or even a specific genre.
Here's an example using both sections in a search for children's Disney DVDs at the Ashland Branch Library:
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There are two specialized searches possible from the Advanced Search page — "Browse" and "Call Number" search, in the Catalog Searches box to the right of the Advanced Search box. Each of these searches uses a different approach to finding items in PamCat.
"Browse" allows you to do a simple search with a different way of displaying your results. If you do a title search for Hamlet, for example, you get a listing of possible titles that might fit the item you’re looking for, allowing you to pick the best match.
There are two specialized searches possible from the Advanced Search page — "Browse" and "Call Number" search, in the Catalog Searches box. Each of these searches uses a different approach to finding items in PamCat.
"Call Number" lets you browse a specific branch library's collection by call number (the letters and/or numbers on the spine of the book). It's like looking at a virtual library shelf. When you enter a call number, you get a results page listing books or other items as the appear on the library shelf. While you can only search the collection of one branch at a time, you can limit your search by type of material or location.
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