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How to Use Catalogs & Databases

Detailed step-by-step instructions (with screenshots) for using the library's catalogs and databases

How to Find Audio Sources

Places where you can find streaming audio sources.

Charger Search: All Library Databases

Charger Search: All Library Databases is a broad tool for searching multiple library resources at once. Gather information from books and ebooks; articles from journals, magazines, and newspapers; theses/dissertations; reports; reference works; & more. This search system will mix the different types of sources into one list of search results.

Here's a link:

Searching from the Basic Search Page (Main Page)

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screenshot of Charger Search basic search page

  1. Access library services, such as Ask a Librarian, and Advanced Search from menu icon
  2. Enter search terms in the search box and click the Search button

Searching from the Advanced Search Page

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screenshot of Charger Search advanced search page

  1. Change "All Fields" drop-down to search by title, author, etc.
  2. Enter search term(s) in box(es)
  3. Change "AND" drop-down box to adjust AND, OR, NOT options to search for all words, any words, or exclude words
  4. Click the "Add a row" link to add more search box rows, if needed
  5. Publication date range: enter dates to limit results by date
  6. Show content type: check box(es) to limit by content type, such as book, ebook, article, etc.
  7. Language: click the drop-down to limit results by language
  8. Show only: check box(es) to limit by full text, peer review, etc.
  9. Exclude from results: check box(es) to exclude specific types of sources from the results, such as newspaper articles, book reviews, etc.
  10. Expand your results: check the box to include results that the library doesn't have; this can be useful for knowing what else may be available and making interlibrary loan requests
  11. Click the "Clear Form" link if you need to clear the options and start over
  12. Click the "Back to basic search" link to return to the basic search page (main page)
  13. Click the Search button to start the search

Reviewing the Search Results

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screenshot of Charger Search results page

  1. From the top:
    • Use the search box to tweak search terms, if needed
    • Click the link for the Advanced Search, if more detailed tweaks are needed
    • Click on the folder icon for saved items (articles, ebooks, etc.)
    • Click on the menu icon for additional services
    • Look at the number of results to see if there are too few or too many
    • Click on the "Relevance" link to change the sorting option to sort by date
    • Check the box for "Add results beyond your library's collection" to show items that might be useful to request from interlibrary loan
  2. From the left-side menu:
    • Refine your source: click on options to refine results by source characteristics (full text, peer-review, etc.)
    • Content type: click on options to limit the results by content type (newspaper article, book/ebook, journal article, etc.)
    • Discipline: click on options to limit results by subject or discipline; click on the "More" link to show the full list of disciplines/subjects available
    • Publication date: enter dates to limit results to items published within a specific date range
    • Subject terms: click on options to limit results by subject terms, which are related to how the sources are indexed or categorized
    • Language: if sources are in several languages, options will appear to limit the results
  3. From the right-side options:
    • Look for definitions from Encyclopædia Britannica
    • A Related Topics section will suggest topics or phrases that the system thinks are related to your search terms; may be useful for adjusting the search when the results aren't quite right
  4. For each source:
    • Click on the "Preview" link to view a preview of the source (a panel will open below the source's title)
    • Icons: there are several icons with additional options
      • Click on the quotation mark (citation icon) for the citation generator
      • Click on the email icon to email the source information to yourself or someone else
      • Click on the folder icon to save the source to your account
      • click on the ellipses icon to export the source information to a citation manager (Zotero, etc.)
    • Availability: look for the availability or source location information
      • for print books, this will be a call number to locate the book in the library
      • for electronic sources (ebooks, articles, etc.), this will be a link to the database that has the source
    • Source title link: click on the title of the source to go to the full text for that source
      • for print books, the link will go to the library catalog

Previewing a Source

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screenshot of Charger Search preview panel

  1. Click on the "Preview" link to view a preview of the source
  2. If the source is an article, an abstract will appear. Otherwise, a brief excerpt from a book or longer source will appear
  3. There will also be source information that will be using for citing your source or locating print sources - publication date, call number, etc.
  4. Click on the "Permanent Link" link to view a permanent link to the source in Charger Search: All Library Database. This link will always work. (Copying the URL from the location bar in the browser won't always work because those URLs tend to time out.)
  5. Click on the "Preview" link again to close the preview

Classical Music Library logoClassical Music Library is a database that provides access to streaming audio of classical music.

Here's a link:

Searching from the Basic Search Page (Main Page)

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Classical Music Library basic search page

  1. Search All Content = search all the Alexander Street collections
  2. Help icon = go to the Help page
  3. Search box = enter search words to search within the collection
  4. Advanced Search = go to the Advanced Search page
  5. Left menu = shows which collection you're in
  6. Browse = select other categories to browse
  7. Time Periods = browse by time period
  8. Composers = browse by composer

Searching from the Advanced Search Page

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Classical Music Library advanced search page

  1. Search All Content = search all the Alexander Street collections
  2. Help icon = go to the Help page
  3. Disciplines = select a discipline to search; or, choose All Disciplines
  4. Search = click the Search button to search
  5. Clear = click the Clear link to clear options and start over
  6. Enter search words in related box (title in the title box, composer in the composer box, etc.)
  7. Click "Select terms" to view a list of terms already created for each category.
    • Example: Holst, Gustav Theodore
  8. Limit results according to:
    • Collection
    • Format
    • Time Period
    • Content Type
    • Original Language
    • Date Published / Released
    • Date Written / Recorded
    • Publication Place
    • Place Written / Recorded
  9. Change sorting options using the Relevance drop-down box

Reviewing the Search Results

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Classical Music Library search results page

  1. From the left menu:
    • Change the toggle to include sample content (not subscribed)
    • Limit to a specific sub-section of the main topic
    • Limit by collection categories:
      • Composer
      • Composition
      • Soloist/Performer
      • Ensemble
      • Conductor
      • Director/Producer
      • Instrument
      • Genre
      • Place Written/Recorded
      • Date Written/Recorded
      • Publisher
      • Date Published/Released
  2. From the main section:
    • Search box = search within results or change search by searching in the collection
    • Title/Album drop-down = view Title/Album or Segment/Track
    • Relevance drop-down = change sorting options
    • Click the linked title to view the audio page
    • The details about the audio are below the title
    • See details = hover mouse to see more details about the audio
    • Click the plus, envelope, and share icons to save to list, email, or share

Previewing an Audio Description

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Classical Music Library preview pop-up window

  1. See details = hover mouse to see more details about the video
  2. Details about the audio: composer, ensemble, etc.
  3. Options to work with the audio: cite, email, add to playlist, embed, etc.

Viewing the Full Audio Track

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Classical Music Page audio record page

  1. Audio track with controls at right side
  2. Left side:
    • Title and description
    • Options for using audio file: cite, email, share, etc.
    • Related Items: related audio works
  3. Right side:
    • Move between tabs for:
      • Details
      • Tracks
      • Related Documents
    • Tracks within an album: as each track plays, additional information appears below the track title

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