Search - How to search the catalog

The home page for the Sage catalog allows you to search for books and other items at your library or libraries.

The home page contains a single search box for you to enter search terms. You can get to the home page at any time by clicking on the Home link from the black bar located at the top-left of any page in the catalog or by clicking on the Sage logo. You can begin a new search anywhere you see a search box without returning to the home page first.

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Search Options

You can select to search by

  • Keyword—finds the terms you enter anywhere in the entire record for an item, including title, author, subject, and other information.

  • Title—finds the terms you enter in the title of an item.

  • Journal Title—finds the terms you enter in the title of a journal/magazine

  • Author—finds the terms you enter in the author of an item.

  • Subject—finds the terms you enter in the subject of an item. Subjects are categories assigned to items according to a system such as the Library of Congress Subject Headings.

  • Series—finds the terms you enter in the title of a multi-part series.

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You can limit your search by format: Audiobooks (books read aloud on CDs or other media),Books, DVD (DVDs, includes Blu-Rays), Blu-Ray (only Blu-Ray DVDs), Kits, Large Print, Magazines, Maps, Music (music on CD or other media), Music ScoreTheses, Videocassette or E-Books (for most electronic media, please click on the "Library2Go" link button above the search bar.

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You can also limit your search by library. If you are using the catalog in a library building, it will default to search the current location. You have the option to change to search SAGE (searches all Sage library locations at once), a regional library system (there are many library systems in Sage, most are single-county), or a specific library branch. If you are searching the catalog from home or another location outside the library, you may wish to choose your branch so that you can quickly see what's available locally.


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Search Tips

Unlike many catalogs, the search features of the catalog are forgiving. For example, you do not need to enter an author's last name first, nor do you need an exact title or subject heading. The catalog is also forgiving about plurals and alternate verb endings, so if you enter dogs, the catalog will also find items with dog.

You do not need to use operators such as AND or OR. The catalog assumes you wish to search for all the terms you enter (AND).

You can exclude a term (NOT) using - (minus sign with no space between the minus and the word). For example, vacations -britain will search for materials on vacations, but not Britain.

You can search for an exact phrase using double quotes. For example, “Harry Potter” will find only items with the exact phrase, not with the terms Harry or Potter alone.

You can form more complex searches using the Advanced Search features.

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Search Results

The search results are a list of relevant works from the catalog. Here's an example:


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Editions and Formats

These results show groups of related titles, which may include several editions and formats. For example, The Inn at Rose Harbor is available in various editions, book, in large print, and as an audiobook. The item type is designated by the icon to the right of the title for each entry.

If there are many results, they're divided into several pages. At the top of the list, you can see the total number of results and go back and forth between the pages of results.

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Related Subjects, Authors, and Series

At the left, you may see a list of authors, subjects, series title, and places. Selecting one of these links searches the catalog again using that subject, author, or series to find additional items.


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The number of available copies and total copies is displayed below the title on each record. Depending on whether you've selected a particular library, you may see the results for the branch, the consortium (all of Sage), and any intermediate groupings of your libraries.

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Holds and Lists

An item can be reserved by placing a hold on it from the link to right of the record. This title can also be added to the individual patron list (previously called bookbags).