1. Direct book-seeking patrons to begin at the WOU-level and expand to Summit if WOU doesn't hold it. If the item isn't available in Summit (or all copies are checked out) and the patron still wants a copy, look for it in WorldCat
2. Using the 'WOU, Summit, and Articles, etc.' scope is an act in futility. Unfortunately it is also the default search scope on the Kiosk machines. When you're helping patrons, direct them to change that scope
3. It is more practical for patrons to use an applicable Research Guide to find appropriate databases, then it is to use the 'Ebscohost' field. If a patron is doing database research, direct them to the Research Guides.
Patrons can use the 'Course Reserves' to search using the:
Once the patron has found the item, they will need to take the call number over to the checkout desk
If a patron is logged into their account, they can view how long they are allowed to check out the item. Checkout lengths for course reserves vary and are determined by the professor.
There are five categories of checkout length:
The 'Advanced Search' function can be accessed from the bottom-right side of the search box, and is the default view on the Kiosk machines.
There are 3 important elements to the Advanced Search function:
1. Search Scope - The default search scope is very broad, so delimit to down to 'WOU' or 'WOU & Summit' before searching.
2. Pre-Filters - You can limit down your search results by material type (book, journal, etc), language (english, french, etc), and by year (last 5, 10, 20).
3. Boolean Operators - If searching for more than one keyword/phrase, you will use the boolean operators AND, OR, NOT
Each Boolean operator will have a different effect on your search results.
AND: Requires that both search words are present, otherwise it will not be returned as a result. The more 'AND' operators you add, the narrower your results will be (until you get zero matches)
OR: When you want to find either term. Good for finding results that include one term or another that are similar. Examples could be: 'education OR teaching', 'Facebook OR Twitter', etc
NOT: When you want exclude a term that is similar to the one you want. For example, I want research on football, but I'm not interested in college football, or futbal (soccer). Ex: 'football NOT college NOT soccer'
After you perform a search a list of filters will be present on the left side of the results page. What filters are present will depend on your initial search scope, but here are a few examples of the categories you'll commonly see. Use 'Show More' on each category to view more filters.
Availability: Goof for narrowing down to either electronic, or physical items.
Resource Type: A more specific version of the 'availability limiter'. Great for limiting yourself to one specific type of material, be if physical or digital. Some patrons will look for information but want it only in journal or book form.
Date: Good for patrons who are looking for current materials only. Articles about educational learning methods from the 1930s probably won't do an edcuation major a lot of good in designing their classroom activities. However, if they were looking only for historical perspectives, it may be helpful to limit your End Date down to the 1970s
Physical Location: Also great for patrons who are looking for books in a certain section. For example, an education student who needs a book about a disability, but it needs to be child appropriate. Limiting yourself to juvenile would be very helpful
Language: Can come in handy when a patron needs the book in a specific foreign language (or is looking at a foreign topic but still needs it to be written in English
Item Format: Located at the top of the item record. If the item does not have a 'cover image' it will be replaced with an image of the item format.
Basic Details: Will always have title listed at top and typically include the publisher, author and year of publication. Clicking on the title of the item record will open up the complete details for that item
Access Method/Availability/Call #: Shows ways in which the item is available to the patron, and includes Call # if physically available or part of Course Reserves. Access is color-coded:
This process is for when you, or a patron, are ordering a book for yourself. If you are ordering a Summit item on behalf of another patron, please follow the steps for ordering an item for a patron in Alma.
Once you've found an item available in Summit that you'd like to order, click on the item title to open up the full record.
If you are not already signed into your portal page or library account, you will need to do so before accessing the Summit ordering feature.
Once you are signed into your account, the 'Get It' window will change and show a hyperlink for placing the Summit request.
Click the hyperlink and the box will refresh into the Summit request form. Click 'REQUEST' to finalize the request.
Patrons may access both books and journal resources electronically. Some resources, typically journals, will have a variety of access methods and date ranges.
Click on the 'Online Access' area to open up the item's full details.
The patron will need to sign in to their account in order to see what full-text methods are available. If they are on the campus network, they will not be required to sign in.
Journals that the university has online access to work mostly the same as electronic books, but there will be coverage restrictions (what years are available), and some resources are only available via an "as-needed" service called 'Get It Now'.
This particular journal is availalbe from three different databases. Two of them have access starting from 2001, and one of them is from 1998 to current.
We can also purchase specific articles from 1978 and 1998 using the 'Get It Now' on-demand service.
NOTE: 'Get It Now' does not allow you to browse journal articles (like the regular databases would) but is used for accessing specific articles.