Answered By: Ken Fujiuchi
Last Updated: Jul 31, 2014     Views: 18

Start at the Library home page, Summon Search Box

  1. Go to http://library.buffalostate.edu.
  2. Click in the Summon search box. Here you can start the search off with some keywords, but for this example, go ahead and leave it blank and hit the "Enter" key.

Summon Search Results page

On the search results page, you should see a similar screen like the one above. Check the "Items in the library catalog" under the "Refine your search" options. This will limit your results to the library collections that we have cataloged.

Limit the collection to search

Once you limit to "Items in the library catalog", your search results should automatically referesh, and then you should see an option for "Library Location" towards the bottom of the "Refine Your Search" option. By default it will only show the top six largest collection, including the Stacks and Online media available at the library. You will need to click on the "more..." link to see the full list of collections that are available.

Choose a special collection

You should see a pop up list appear with the options to check specific collections availbale at the library.

  1. Choose the collection you would like to search,
  2. and then click the "Continue" button at the bottom of the list

Note: To make it easier to browse the collections, you can also click on the "(A-Z)" option in the top right corner of the list to sort the collections by alphabetical order. You may notice that some of the larger collections may also be broken down into smaller groups, so you can check multiple collections you would like to search.

Start searching the specific collection

Once the results refreshes, you should now be able to search the specific collections you chose. You need to make sure that the "Keep search refinements" is selected before you start searching. If the "New Search" option is selected, it will restart the whole search. If that happens, start back at the "Limit the collection to search." You may also choose to use the "Advanced Search" for more detailed searches (see the next step).

Advanced Search Options

The following lists the different features in Advanced Search.

  1. Keyword search terms: If you had keywords in the basic search, they will usually appear here in the advanced search in this box.
  2. Author/Creator search: This is where you can enter the names of authors. Usually we recommend the last name first format.
  3. Title Keyword search: Uses the keywords you enter to search only the titles. You can usually enter the full title, but we recommend using quotes around a proper title. This forces the search to only look for the title in the same way you type it.
  4. ISBN or ISSN: ISBN for books, and ISSN for specific periodical publications. You usually need to have the specific numbers to use this option. This can be useful if you are looking for a specific copy or edition.
  5. From this publication: This option lets you search by a journal or periodical title. You can type in keywords or the full title, but we recommend using the quotes if you are using the full proper title.
  6. Volume/Issue: Used with the "From this publication" option to further specifiy a volume and issue.
  7. Date published: allows you to search by a date range.
  8. Show content type: You can also specify a content type (e.g. Book, Dissertation, Video Recording, etc.)
  9. The final few options help you limit your search resulst further, but are also availabel on the regular search results page. You can choose to use these, but they can also wait until after you see your results.

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