Catalog Tutorials

Patrons can download a pdf with instructions on how to use Minerva here!

Basic and Advanced Searches
Searching Other Libraries
Expanding Your Search to MaineCat
Limiting a Search to Certain Types of Materials
Searching for Children’s Materials Only
Sorting Search Results
Requesting an Item

Basic and Advanced Searches

You can search the collection by Title, Author, Subject, Keyword, Dewey Call Number (used in most public libraries,) or LC Call Number (used by academic libraries.)

If you are unsure of the exact title of book or other item, it’s best to search by Keyword. Keyword searches include words in the title, the names of the authors or illustrators, the summary, subject headings, and series name.

If you choose Advanced Search, you will be presented with many variables for conducting a keyword search:

Adv. Search

This screen will help you to better find a specific item or type of item. If you choose to search this way, you find some helpful tips on the actual Advanced Search page.

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Searching Other Libraries

If you have searched the Thomas Memorial Library’s collection and not found what you are looking for, simply select ==ALL MINERVA LOCATIONS== and click the Submit button.

All Locations

Once you have found an item you’d like to borrow, you can request the item using your library card. Available Items requested from other Minerva libraries that have a status of “AVAILABLE” usually are delivered to Thomas Memorial Library within a few days. For more information on requesting materials, click here.

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Expanding Your Search to MaineCat

If you still don’t find what you are looking for, try expanding your search to MaineCat, which is the larger system that includes Minerva.

No Matches Found

If you find an item you’d like to borrow through MaineCat, simply click on Request This Item.

MaineCat Request

You will see a drop-down menu that prompts you to Choose Your Library. Scroll down to select Thomas Memorial Library, and click on Submit Above Information.

TML

Next you will be asked to enter your name and your library card number (the 14 digit barcode number on your library card.) Once you enter this information, click the Submit button, and you should see a message telling you that your request was successful.

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Limiting a Search to Certain Types of Materials

You can also limit your search to certain kinds of materials. These options appear in the advanced search sections under the location settings.

Material Type

You can also limit your search from a page that shows your search results, or even a page showing a particular item record. Simply click on the Limit/Sort Search button at the top of the page:

Limit-Sort

You will see a screen that offers mulitple options for limiting a search: by Language, Material Type (e.g., print, CD, DVD), Keyword, Location (owining library), or Publication Date. For example, if you wanted the DVD version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, you could limit the search to Material Type: DVD:

 

Searching for Children’s Materials Only

You can also limit your search to just children’s materials–either in all Minerva libraies, or just Thomas Memorial Libraries collection. To search children’s materials in all Minerva libraries, limit your search, as above, to Children’s Collections.

To search only children’s materials in the Thomas Memorial Library’s collection, scroll down to Thomas Memorial Library Children’s Collection in the alphabetical list of libraries.

Children's

Please note that when you choose “Thomas Memorial Library” you will be searching the entire collection, not just adult materials.

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Sorting Search Results

A search by title, author, or subject will automatically bring up titles sorted alphabetically by title. A search by keyword will automatically bring up titles sorted by publication date, with the most recent publication date first. If you wish to change the sort order of search results, simply drop down the menu next to the sort button, make your selection, and click the sort button:

Title-Keyword

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Requesting an Item

Once you have found an item you’d like to request, simply click on the Request button (you must be in the item record to see this button, not in a list of search results.)

Request

Once you click on the request button, you will be asked to enter your name and your patron barcode (which is the 14 digit barcode number on your library card.)

Request Verification

After you submit this information, you should see a message telling you that your request was successful, and that your “request will be delivered to Thomas Memorial Library when it is available.” (You will see this message regardless of whether or not the item you requested belongs to Thomas Memorial Library or another Minerva library.)

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