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Type the keyword you want to find. For example:

  • design
  • bleachers grisham
Search Tips
Wildcards Words may be right-hand truncated using an asterisk ('*') in place of other characters. The '*' wildcard may also be embedded in a search string. You may use '?' to replace a single character anywhere within a word.
Examples : environment* polic*, wom?n
Boolean Operators Use "and" or "or" to specify multiple words in any field, any order. Use "and not" to exclude words.
Example : stocks and bonds
Example : (alaska or canada) and (adventure and not vacation)
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 on the right 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:
"university science department"

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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Preferred 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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Saving Records

Saving Records from the Browse Display

  1. Check the box in the Mark column next to the appropriate entry, or click the Add All On Page to save all the entries on the page.
  2. Click the Add Marked to Saved Records Bag link.

Saving Records from the Bibliographic Record Display

Click the Add to Saved Records Bag link to save the record. When the system has saved the record, the WebPAC adds 2 links: View Bag & Empty Bag. You can remove the record from your list of saved records by clicking the Empty Bag link.

Exporting Saved Records

To export a saved record in the Book Cart

  1. Click the View Bag link
  2. From the Saved Records screen you have an option to View and Export your saved records, View and Request your saved records or View and Save your records to your Lists

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Adding Records to My Wish Lists

You can add records to a patron My Wish Lists from a record browse and from the Saved Records Bag

Adding to My Wish Lists from the Browse Display

  1. Check the mark box next to the appropriate records and then click the Add Marked to My Wish Lists link.
  2. If you are not logged in to My Millennium, the system prompts you to log in.
  3. Once you are logged in to My Millennium, the system offers the ability to save the records to an existing list or create a new list. If you create a new list, the system displays the screen for creating a new list. On this screen, you can create a list name and include a brief description of the list.

Adding to My Lists Using the Book Bag

  1. Save records to the Saved Records Bag by marking the checkboxes next to the indicated records.
  2. Click the View Bag link.
  3. On the Saved Records screen, click the Save to My Wish Lists link to view the list. If the user is not logged in to My Millennium, the WebPAC prompts the user to log in.
  4. The system displays the records in the Book Cart. Using the drop-down list, you can assign the records to an existing list or create a new list.

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What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary loan is a service that you can use to request books, magazine or newspaper articles, and other materials that the Somerset County Library System does not own. We will ask other libraries to loan the material to us so that we may loan it to you. We are unable to obtain newly published items through interlibrary loan, so please make sure the item you are requesting is more than 6 months old. Please also check the Somerset County Library System online catalog to make sure that we do not own the material you are requesting.

Who can use Interlibrary Loan?

Anyone with a valid Somerset County Library card can place an ILL request.

How do I place a request?

To submit an interlibrary loan request, fill in one of the online request forms. Each format has its own form so be sure to click on the correct tab. For example, if you are requesting a DVD, you must click on the tab for VHS/DVD. You may also ask a library staff member to place the request for you.

NOTE: The online request forms work best with Internet Explorer version 7 or 8. If you are using IE version 6, you should change this setting: from the Tools menu, choose Internet Options, then Advanced Tab, and in the Security section near the bottom, check “Do not save encrypted pages to disk.” Click OK and close the browser to save the setting.

IMPORTANT: When you place an interlibrary loan request, the system will determine the pickup location for your request based upon the library listed as your home library in your patron record. To change your home library, choose "My Library Account" from the library website or from within the online catalog. Login to your account and then click on "Change Preferences". The library name displayed in the "Choose Library for Holds Pickup" section is your home library. Use the drop down menu to select another library and then click on "Submit".

How much does it cost?

We try to fill ILL requests by obtaining material from lenders that do not charge fees for this service. However, there are times when photocopied materials can only be obtained from libraries that charge a fee. If you are willing to pay such a fee, please indicate the maximum amount you are willing to spend when you complete the ILL form for Article or Book Pages. If you do not fill in an amount, we will assume that you are not willing to pay a fee.

How long will it take?

Most Interlibrary Loan material is received within 2-4 weeks from the time the request is received in the ILL office.

How can I check the status of my ILL requests?

Connect to the online catalog and then click on "My Library Account". Enter your library card number and pin number. Your patron account information will display on the screen. There will be an ILL link on this screen if you have an outstanding ILL request(s). Click on the ILL link. You will see a list of your outstanding ILL requests along with their statuses. The status for an item will either show as "Awaiting Arrival" which means that the request is still in process, or “Ready for Pickup” which means that the item has arrived and is being held for you.

Please note – if a request was just entered, it may not appear on your record. The Interlibrary Loan staff must actually begin to process the request before it will appear. Since they perform this work during regular business hours (Monday-Friday), it may be a few days before the request appears on your record.

How will you notify me that my materials have arrived?

We will notify you by email, telephone or US mail. You can check the status of your requests by viewing your patron record in the online catalog.

How long can I borrow the material?

The loan period for all books borrowed through Interlibrary Loan is 3 weeks unless the lending library has imposed a shorter loan period or placed other restrictions on the use of the material. The loan period for audio-visual material is usually shorter. Please check your receipt for the exact due date.

Can I renew Interlibrary Loan material?

Material borrowed through Interlibrary Loan cannot be renewed. Also, you may not re-request an item until 3 months has passed from the due date of your original request.

How many times can I use this service?

You may have 10 requests in process at any one time. These are requests that have a status of "Awaiting Arrival", "Ready to Pickup", are currently checked out to you, or have just been returned to the library and haven’t been cleared from the system yet.

If you have requested more than 10 items, the Interlibrary Loan staff will activate 3 new requests each business day (Monday–Friday). The maximum number of requests that will be processed in the course of a calendar year is 50.

What information do I need to place an ILL request?

We will be able to process your request more quickly if you provide us with as much information as possible about the item you would like to obtain. For book requests, you must supply the author and title. Whenever possible an ISBN is helpful. For a video request you need to provide the complete title and whenever possible the release date. For an audio request you need to provide the name of the author/performer, the title and whenever possible the release date. These resources can help you find more complete information about books, audios, and videos:
• Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com
• Barnes & Noble http://www.bn.com
• Library of Congress catalog http://catalog.loc.gov
• WorldCat http://www.worldcat.org
Photocopy requests must include the article title, name of the magazine or newspaper, date, and page numbers. These resources can help you complete or correct an article citation:
• The library’s electronic databases for magazines
http://catalog.somerset.lib.nj.us/search/h?magazine & journal articles
• The library’s electronic databases for newspapers
http://catalog.somerset.lib.nj.us/search/h?newspapers
To locate an ISSN:

• Library of Congress catalog http://catalog.loc.gov

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PIN Reset FAQ

What is a PIN?

A PIN is a “personal identification number”. The Somerset County Library System uses a secure PIN in combination with a patron barcode number to maintain the confidentiality and security of your library account information. A patron PIN must satisfy certain security requirements in order to be accepted by the online catalog software.

Why is a PIN required?

When a PIN is used, your patron record information cannot be accessed by anyone else if your card is lost or stolen. Your account cannot be accessed if the correct PIN is not entered. If the system detects more than five failed attempts to log in with the same barcode within one minute, it will block access to that patron account for one minute even if the correct PIN is subsequently entered.

What is a "secure" PIN?

A secure PIN uses only numbers, is at least 4 numbers long and does not contain any common patterns. A PIN that consists of any number that is repeated three or more times (i.e. 1111, 2222) or any set of numbers that is repeated two or more times (i.e. 1212, 1122) will not be accepted as a secure PIN.

How do I change my PIN?

Click on the “Change your PIN” button on your library account screen and enter your current PIN. Then, enter your new PIN. Enter it again to confirm it.

What do I do if I forget my PIN?

Click on the “Forgot your PIN?” link on the library account login screen. The system will ask for your barcode. After you enter the barcode and click the “Submit” button, an informational message will be sent to the email address listed in your patron record. The email message will include a link to use for resetting your PIN. This link is valid for 3 hours from the time when you clicked on the “Submit” button. When you click on the link, you will be taken to a screen that will ask you to enter your patron barcode number. After you enter your new PIN and correctly validate it, the system will reset the PIN in your patron record.

What if I don’t have an email address in my patron record?

If you have forgotten your PIN and do not have an email address in your patron record, you will need to ask a library employee to enter a new PIN for you. Once your PIN is working, you can keep your email address current by using the “Change Preferences” option.

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