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What is a "discovery" service?


    What does Fetch! search?

    Fetch! is the library's discovery service that searches some of the library's databases and the library's catalog.

    Searches: >100,000 Print Volumes
                        > 175,000 E-Books
                        > 9,000 Audiovisual Materials (CDs, VHS, DVDs)
                        > Databases

    To find and request books that the library does not have, try searching and requesting your book through Interlibrary Loan.


    Tips for Searching Fetch

    A keyword search, found in the basic search, or the Select a Field (optional) search, found in the advanced search, performs a wide search for your term in the Abstract, Author,  Subject, Title,  and Source Title fields.

    This search is not the most accurate, but it does produce the largest number of results.

    Sample Use: Enter a play, poem, or short story title as an All Fields search to find collected works or anthologies that contain the title

    A Subject search, found in the advanced search, performs search for your term in the subject fields of all item records.

    This search is a more precise search for finding items about your topic - it searches Library of Congress subject headings associated with items records to provide more accurate search results. - Note: Items can have more than one subject heading.

    Sample Use: Enter an author's name (last name, first name) as a Subject search to find works about that author such as biographies and literary criticism

    Sample Use: Enter a term (country name, historical period, etc.) as a Subject search to find works about that term

    An Author search,  found in the advanced search, performs a search for your term in the author fields of all item records.

    Sample Use: Enter an author's name (last name, first name, e.g. King, Steven) as an Author search to find all works by that author


    Understanding your Results

    When you for terms in Fetch! you can either limit your search to the library catalog or search all available resouerces. To search only the library catalog, check the Catalog Only limiter found on the left sidebar of your search results screen. After checking that box you'll be left with physical and electronic items related to your search terms. Continue filtering your results until you are satisfied with your results, you can limit by type of item, date published, language, and more! Otherwise search without limiting to the catalog and recieve a result set similar to the one below.

    Call Numbers ending with "eb" represent eBooks or PBS Videos.  These items are accessible from the database listed within results record.
    If prompted, enter your Wingnet userid and password for remote access.



    If you find an e-book or other electronic resource you'll have to take a few more steps to get to the content:

    In most cases there will be a link to the eResource, in this case the link will take you where you need to go. Other titles
    will display links such as

    What can you do if the library doesn't have what you're looking for?!?

    Use Interlibrary Loan to request books that the library doesn't have on hand! You can find your item on and request the book through a simple online form!


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