Library Catalog Help

Searching the GCLS Library Catalog

Using our e-Library catalog, you can search for books, movies, audio CDs, video games, and other library materials for all member libraries of the Libraries of Gloucester/Salem Information Network (LOGIN).

Beginning Your Search

1. On the catalog homepage, you'll see a green highlighted search box to begin your search. By default, this will be a keyword search which is the most broad search. This is usually a good place to start, so leave the keyword search box selected.

2. Type your search terms into the box. You can search by title, author, subject, etc.

3. You'll see a dropdown box on the right of the search box that is defaulted to "words/phrase." This is an extremely broad search that will likely return unecessary results. It is recommended to click on the box and select another search option. You can choose from title, author, subject, series, or periodical title.

4. Next, select a library to search. You can search a particular library or you can choose to search a group of libraries. To do this, scroll to the top of the list to see the library groups.

5. Now, you are set to search! Click on the blue search button to be taken to the results list.

Searching Tips

1. Not sure what you are looking for? Keywords are a good way to find materials if you are uncertain how to locate what you need. It is best to use as few keywords as possible and keep them as broad as possible. If you are looking for materials on caring for cats, do not type "how to take care of cats" into the search box. Why? Because the catalog will try to find materials that have every single one of those keywords which shrinks the possible results. To get the most results possible, instead search "cats AND care." This will return a much larger volume of materials.

2. Know what title or author you are looking for? Great! Type the title or author in the search box. Don't forget to change from "words/phrase" to "title" or "author" using the dropdown or your search may not return relevant results.

3. What's a Browse Search? This search may often be performed by a librarian who wants to browse the catalog alphabetically. If you do a Browse Search for "A Tale of Two Cities," you will see the all items that exist in the catalog before and after the book alphabetically. This search is very literal and will search for exactly what you typed in the order it appears. Keywords do not work here!

4. What's an Exact Search? This search should be used very sparing, if at all. It is the most literal search possible and will look for exactly what you typed in perfect order even down to spaces and punctuation marks. Librarians will often use this search to locate an item by a specific library barcode number.

Things to Avoid

1. Do NOT use your web browser's Back button. This will cause the catalog to timeout and return a page that may say "Document Expired" or something similar. Instead, use the "Go Back" button in the blue toolbar of the catalog.

2. Do NOT favorite or bookmark any items in the catalog as the catalog will clear out the session in an hour and you will lose your bookmark. Instead, click on "Link to Page" in the blue toolbar to get a permanant link to the item that will never expire.

How to Search

How to Search  

  • Type your search terms in the Search box.

  • Select the type of search you want to conduct by clicking on the appropriate radio button.
    • Keyword Search finds records containing the words you typed.
    • Browse Search brings you to an alphabetical list of authors, titles or subjects.
    • Exact Search finds records that exactly match your search. (Avoid using "a", "an", and "the" in search.)
  • Select the category in which you want to search, e.g. title, author, words or phrase from the drop-down menu to the right of the Search box.

  • Select the location where you want to search from the drop-down menu labelled "library:"
  • Choosing All allows you to search all 15 libraries in LOGIN.
  • Click on the Search button.

Tips for Author Searches

Tips for Author Searches 

  • Type the name of the author in the Search box.
    • An author doesn't just need to be the writer of a book. It can also be an actor in a movie or a singer on a CD.
    • You can type the names in any order, but typing it last name first will be more helpful if you misspell one of the names.
  • Leave the radio button next to Keyword Search selected.
  • Select author from the drop-down menu to the right of the search box.
  • Click on the Search button.

Tips for Title Searches

Tips for Title Searches 

If you are sure of the title:

  • Type the first few words of the title in the Search box.
  • Click in the radio button next to Browse Search.
  • Select title from the drop-down menu to the right of the search box.
  • Click on the Search button.
  • This search will bring up your title within an alphabetical list of titles. Click on your title to view a list of matching items.
  • Click on Next or Previous on the blue navigation bar to browse through the results list.

If you can only remember certain words in the title:

  • Type words from the title in the Search box. Try to avoid common words like "the," "is," and "for."
  • Leave the radio button next to Keyword Search selected.
  • Select title from the drop-down menu to the right of the search box.
  • Click on the Search button.
  • This search will bring you to a list of records with those words in their titles.

Tips for Subject Searches

Tips for Subject Searches

Keyword searching

  • Type the words of your topic in the Search box.
    • Be as specific as possible. A search for United States History will bring up too many records.
    • Use many words to narrowly define your search.
  • Leave the radio button next to Keyword Search selected.
  • Select words or phrase from the drop-down menu to the right of the search box.
    • It may be tempting to click on Subject, but you should only do this if you are certain of the terms used in the official Library of Congress Subject Headings.
  • Click on the Search button.
  • This search will bring you to a list of titles with those words anywhere in their record.

Browsing subjects

Browsing subjects

You can leisurely browse through subjects using iBistro's picture-based Find It Fast and Kids' Library features.

  • Kids' Library is a subject-based approach to finding materials for children.
  • Find It Fast offers the same subject-based approach, but includes library materials for all ages.

Working with Search Results

Working with Search Results

Limiting Searches

If you receive too many search results, you can refine your search by clicking on the Limit Search button located in the blue navigation bar.

  • Use item category 1 to limit to a particular format, such as video, audio or book.
  • Use item category 2 to limit your search results to juvenile, young adult or adult materials.
  • You can choose a year of publication (2001) or a range of years (1999-2001) in the pubyear box.
  • Other options are to limit materials to ones written in a particular language and to sort your results by author, title or relevance.

Locating an item

Locating an item

  • After finding a title, click on the Details button to view the record for the item.
  • In the bottom portion of the Item Information box under Holdings, you will see a list of libraries that own the item with the call number and location for the item. This will also tell you if the item is checked out or otherwise unavailable.