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How to Search the Library Catalog


This page contains frequently asked questions regarding the Davidson Library Catalog. Use the below index to find an answer to your question:


How to Do a Blank (All-Format) Search

All-format searches let you browse every library holding of a chosen format and/or language. To do a blank search, use the library catalog's "advanced search" function. Once you've clicked on "advanced search," follow the steps below: 

  1. Select your preferred "material type," language, and date-range from the filters on the left. Select your preferred "search location" on the top.
  2. Type "*" in the search bar (be sure to include the quotations). 

For example, let's assume you wanted to view every French movie held by the Davidson library. Under the "advanced search" menu, you would select the "Video/Film" and "French" filters. You would then select "Davidson College Library" under search location. Finally, you would type "*" in the search bar. 

Doing a "wide-open" search in the library catalog

In this case, the library catalog has returned 2706 results!

How to Find Course Reserves

To find course reserves using the Davidson Library Catalog, use the "advanced search" tool. Then, select the "course reserves" filter, and enter your course name (such as His 1630) as the search term. An example of this can be found below:

Using the library catalog to find course reserves using filters

How to Place a Hold

For information on placing holds, visit this short library guide

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