The Complete Guide to PamCat

 

Advanced Search

Advanced Search

 

What is Advanced Search?

What is a Browse search?

What is a Call Number search?

 

What is Advanced Search?

 

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:

 

Advanced Search example

Click on the thumbnail to enlarge.

 

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What is a "Browse" search?

 

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.

 

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What is a "Call Number" search?

 

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.

 

Here is a helpful chart of call numbers and corresponding subject headings.

 

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What else would you like to know?

 

The Basics

How do I log in?

What's my password/PIN?

How do I search?

My Account

How do I review my account?

How do I renew my materials?

How do I change my password?

How do I renew my card?

What are "My Favorites?"

Holds

How do I place a hold?

What's the difference between "Hold" & "Keep?"

How can I get books you don't have?

Special Features

Where can I find New Arrivals?

How do I use Explore Subjects?

Kids' Library

How do I search the Kids' Library?

PamCat FAQ

When is PamCat available?

What are know technical issues with PamCat?

Where can I find bestseller and other reading lists?

Where can I find printable PamCat Guides?

 

Branch Libraries

 

Richard S. Gillis, Jr.
Ashland Branch Library

201 S. Railroad Avenue
804-798-4072

 

Atlee Branch Library
9161 Atlee Road
804-559-0654

 

Goochland Branch Library
3075 River Road West
804-556-4774

 

Hanover Branch Library
7527 Library Drive
804-365-6210

 

King & Queen Branch Library
396 Newtown Road
804-769-1623

 

Mechanicsville Branch Library
7461 Sherwood Crossing Place
804-746-9615

 

Lois Wickham Jones
Montpelier Branch Library

17205 Sycamore Tavern Lane
804-883-7116

 

Cochrane Rockville Branch Library
16600 Pouncey Tract Road
804-749-3146

 

Upper King William Branch Library
694-J Sharon Road
804-769-3731

 

West Point Branch Library
721 Main Street
804-843-3244

 

  

 

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