HomeCirculation in Evergreen 3.1Using the Public Access CatalogBasic Search

9.1. Basic Search

From the OPAC home, you can conduct a basic search of all materials owned by all libraries in your Evergreen system.

This search can be as simple as typing keywords into the search box and clicking the Search button. Or you can make your search more precise by limiting your search by fields to search, material type or library location.

The Homepage contains a single search box for you to enter search terms. You can get to the Homepage at any time by clicking the Another Search link from the leftmost link on the bar above your search results in the catalog, or you can enter a search anywhere you see a search box.

You can select to search by:

  • Keyword: finds the terms you enter anywhere in the entire record for an item, including title, author, subject, and other information.
  • Title: finds the terms you enter in the title of an item.
  • Journal Title: finds the terms you enter in the title of a serial bib record.
  • Author: finds the terms you enter in the author of an item.
  • Subject: finds the terms you enter in the subject of an item. Subjects are categories assigned to items according to a system such as the Library of Congress Subject Headings.
  • Series: finds the terms you enter in the title of a multi-part series.

To search an item copy call number, use Advanced Search: Numeric.


You can limit your search by formats based on MARC fixed field type:

  • All Books
  • All Music
  • Audiocassette music recording
  • Blu-ray
  • Braille
  • Cassette audiobook
  • CD Audiobook
  • CD Music recording
  • DVD
  • E-audio
  • E-book
  • E-video
  • Equipment, games, toys
  • Kit
  • Large Print Book
  • Map
  • Microform
  • Music Score
  • Phonograph music recording
  • Phonograph spoken recording
  • Picture
  • Serials and magazines
  • Software and video games
  • VHS


If you are using a catalog from within a library or accessing a library’s online catalog from its homepage, the search will return items for your local library. If your library has multiple branches, the result will display items available at your branch and all branches of your library system separately.

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