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Searching

Type the keyword you want to find. For example:

  • design
  • bleachers grisham

Boolean Operators

Use boolean operators to specify multiple words in any field, any order.

AND:Limits the search to those records that contain both search terms in the same record.
OR:Expands the search to all records containing either one search term or the other.
AND NOT:Excludes a search term, and finds records containing one search term but not the other. It also eliminates records containing both search terms.
NEAR (~):Keeps search terms within a certain number of words of each other. For example, "child labor"~5 will retrieve the words child and labor within 5 words of each other.
Search Tips
Wildcards Words may be truncated using an asterisk ('*') in place of any number of other characters. You may use '?' to replace a single character anywhere within a word.
Examples : environment* polic*, wom?n
Field limits A field limit causes the system to search only the specified field for the specified word(s).
Grouping Keyword search results are usually grouped by relevance to bring the most likely titles to the top of the list. Each group represents a similar level of relevance and results are sorted within the group by date or title. To get an ungrouped result set, use boolean operators to form a complex query.

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Advanced Keyword Search Tips

Multiple Words

When searching multiple words the system will automatically supply the Boolean "and" operator between each word; multiple words entered for the search will all occur somewhere in the retrieved records though not necessarily in the order entered. Both examples below will retrieve the same results.

Phrase Searches

Search for complete phrases by enclosing them in quotation marks. Words enclosed in double quotes will appear together in all results exactly as typed.

Examples

A phrase Search:
"player piano"

Wildcards

*   Matches any number of non-space characters, starting at the specified position in the word. For example, "comput*" will match all words that begin with "comput" (e.g., "computer", "computation", etc.).
The '*' wildcard may also be embedded in a search string.

?   You may use a question mark ('?') to replace a single character anywhere within a word.

Examples

* Wildcard:
environment* polic*
comp*

? Wildcard:
wom?n

Boolean Operators

Use AND or OR to specify multiple words in any field, any order. Use AND NOT to exclude words. Select the operator you wish to use from the selection list on the Advanced Search form.

Examples

Using Boolean operators:
stocks and bonds
stocks or bonds
stocks and not bonds

Field Limits

Field limits may be specified by selecting a field limit from the selection list. These limits appear before the word or phrase to be searched. A field limit causes the system to search only the specified field for the specified word(s).

Field Limits and their meanings:

  • Author: Search only author fields
  • Title: Search only title fields
  • Subject: Search only subject fields
  • Note: Search only note fields

Grouping

Keyword search results are usually grouped by relevance to bring the most likely titles to the top of the list. Each group represents a similar level of relevance and results are sorted within the group by date or title. To get an ungrouped result set, use boolean operators to form a complex query.

Most relevant Most relevant titles 

Highly relevant Highly relevant titles 

Very relevant Very relevant titles 

Relevant Relevant titles 

Other relevant Other relevant titles 

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Saving your searches

If you have a favorite author or subject for which you often search when using the catalog, you can save the search with the click of a button. This will prevent you from having to key in the search each time and let you place reserves on new materials quicker.

How to:

  1. Log in to your My Millennium Account.
  2. Click on the "New Search" button.
  3. Search for your favorite author, subject, title, etc. or create an advanced keyword search including limits to material type, language, publication year, etc..
  4. When your results are displayed, click the button marked "Save as preferred search".
  5. The next time that you log in to your My Millennium Account, you can click the "Preferred Searches" button to see a list of your saved searches.
  6. Click on the search link associated with any of the preferred search terms in the list to quickly execute your search.
  7. You can be alerted of new materials added to the library collection which match your searches. Just check the "Mark for Email" box and be sure that your patron record information includes your current email address.

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Holds

SWAN patrons in good standing may place hold(s) for materials. The number of holds any patron can place is set by the patron's home library. Any hold placed by a patron will automatically be canceled if it is not filled in one year. Patrons can log into "My Account" to place, view, freeze, or cancel their holds.

To place a hold, either click on "Request It" on the brief display or when viewing a full record of the item click on the "Request" button.

To view holds, click on the link specifying the number of holds in the upper left corner of the screen after logging into "My Account".

To freeze holds, a patron should display their holds and click on the freeze holds checkbox on the far right of the display. After checking the "Freeze" box, click on the "Update" button. If the freeze box does not display it means that the hold is in the process of being filled and cannot be frozen.

Screen will repaint, and ask for a confirmation
When a hold is frozen the title will display in the patron's list of holds with icicles.

While a hold is frozen, it cannot be filled. However, the hold will continue to move towards the top of the hold queue. Once at the top, if it is still frozen, the hold will be skipped over until it is unfrozen.

To unfreeze a hold, remove the check in the freeze box and click on "Update". Screens will repaint, click on "YES"

After clicking "Yes" the hold is now eligible to be filled.
To cancel a hold, click on the check box on the left hand side of the screen before the title of the item. Once you have checked the box, click on the "Update" button. You can also "Cancel All" holds by clicking on the "Canel All" button.

Screen will repaint and ask for a confirmation
Click "Yes" to proceed with cancellation of hold.
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Renewals

Library cardholders may renew their own materials online. All material may be renewed except for materials with reserves and materials on which you owe fines.

How to:

  1. Log in to your My Millennium Account.
  2. If not the default view click the "Items currently checked out" link to view the materials you have checked out.
  3. Select the materials you want to renew by checking the boxes in the RENEW column and then click the Renew Selected button. If you want to renew everything, click the Renew ALL button.
  4. If you cannot renew items, a message will appear on the screen. If you are successful, a new due date will appear in the "STATUS" column. Always check the STATUS column for information on the success or failure of your renewal.

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Fee Payment

You can now pay any fine over $2 online using your Visa or MasterCard.

Here is how to get started:

  1. Log into your Millennium account.
  2. Select the amount in unpaid fines and bills.
  3. Select "PAY ONLINE".
  4. Select the fines that you wish to pay, complete all of the relevant information and click submit.
  5. A confirmation page will appear next. You can print a copy of your receipt at this time and/or click OK. If you have a valid email address, receipt of payment will be sent to the address you entered in step 4.

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