Refinement options

You can limit your search in a number of ways.

By library

If you do not use this option, your search will include the records from all libraries which contribute to the database. However you can limit your search to one or more libraries of your choosing if, for example, you wish to to compare your collection with that of another specific library.

To do so:

  • Select the name of each library whose records you would like to search in the left-hand pane of the Libraries box
  • You can use the search panel at the top of the list to search for specific libraries
  • When a library has been selected it will be moved to the left-hand pane
  • To remove a library you have selected, click it's name in the right-hand pane - it's name will move back to the left-hand pane
  • To remove all the libraries you have selected, use the 'Clear all' button beneath the right-hand pane

When you have selected all of the relevant libraries, you can use the 'Search' button at the bottom of the page to run your search.

By region

You can limit your search to the records of libraries within a particular region if, for example, you wish to get a regional picture of collection strengths or weaknesses.

To do so:

  • Select each region you would like to be included in your search in the left-hand pane of the Regions box
  • When a region has been selected it will be moved to the left-hand pane
  • To remove a region you have selected, click it's name in the right-hand pane - it's name will move back to the left-hand pane
  • To remove all the regions you have selected, use the 'Clear all' button beneath the right-hand pane

When you have selected all of the relevant regions, you can use the 'Search' button at the bottom of the page to run your search.

Note that using the region option means the search results will only display records held by one or more libraries in the chosen region(s).

By number of holding libraries

You can limit the display of your search results such that it only includes records with a specified number of holding libraries. This allows you to identify particularly scarce or widely-held materials, or to locate materials within a range.

Do this using the 'Holding libraries' slider at the bottom of the search form:

  • Drag the left-hand button until the minimum number of holding libraries you wish to include is displayed in the marker
  • Drag the right-hand button until the maximum number of holding libraries you wish to include is displayed in the marker
  • Drag the buttons back to their original positions to clear your selection and include records with any number of holdings libraries in the results display

When you have selected the relevant range, you can use the 'Search' button below to run your search.