Howell Carnegie District Library Catalog

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Search Tips
Multiple words are searched together as one phrase.
Example : world health organization
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).
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.
Ranked Results
Keyword search results are ranked by relevancy. This is intended to bring the best results to the top. Results will appear in up to 5 groups. Each group is ordered by date unless title or relevance is selected from the Sorted By menu. To deactivate ranked results select: Author, Title, Subject, or Note, from the Any Field drop down menu.
Most Relevant
The very small number of titles where the primary title contains the search as a phrase (e.g. Values Education).
Highly Relevant
The search phrase appears in the sub-title (e.g. Matters of Feeling: Values Education Reconsidered).
Very Relevant
The search phrase is in the contents, series notes, or subject headings (e.g. Politics, Education, and Citizenship which has the phrase "values education" in the table of contents).
The Boolean AND pulls words from the search phrase in the primary title and/or sub-title (e.g. Values, Citizenship, and the Purposes of Higher Education).
Other Relevant
The Boolean AND pulls the words from the search phrase from anywhere in the record (e.g. Place of Science in a World of Values and Facts which has "values" in the title and "education" in one of the subjects).

Patrons may renew their own materials online as long as:

  • their account is not expired
  • the material is not overdue
  • the material is not on hold for another patron
  • the material has been renewed less than two times

How to:

  1. Log in to Library Account by clicking the 'Login' menu item in the top right corner of browser.
  2. Your "Checked Out Items" will display at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Select the materials you want to renew by checking the boxes in the renew column and then click the 'Renew Selected' button. To renew all items click the 'Renew All' button. Confirm your renewals when asked.
  4. If an item cannot be renewed, a message will appear on the screen. If you are successful, a new due date will appear in the "status" column. Always check the STATUS column for information on the success or failure of your renewal.

To renew materials after they are overdue, call 517.546.0720 or bring the materials to the circulation desk. If the material is marked as 'Billed' you will need to bring the material to the circulation desk.

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 you can even have the search run automatically, sending an email notice when there are new items matching your search terms!
How to:

  1. Log in to Library Account by clicking the 'Login' menu item in the top right corner of browser.
  2. Click on the "New Search" menu item in the top right corner of browser.
  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 Library 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.
Reading History

Patrons may keep a record of the Howell Carnegie District Library materials that they check out. (Please read the disclaimer below before opting into this service.)
How to:

  1. Log in to Library Account by clicking the 'Login' menu item in the top right corner of browser.
  2. Click on the "Reading History" button.
  3. To activate Reading History Click on the "Opt In" button.
  4. From this point on when you check out Howell Carnegie District Library owned materials (this service does not work with Mel materials), your checkouts will be recorded and accessible in your Reading History.
  5. If you want to "remove items" from you reading history fill in the mark box, and hit the Delete Marked button. You may also use the delete all button.
  6. If you want deactive "Reading History" hit the Delete All button, and then the Opt Out button.

Disclaimer: It is the policy of the Howell Carnegie District Library to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of the registration and circulation records of its patrons to the fullest extent permitted by law. (Circulation Policies, E. Disclosure of Circulation Records) Although the Howell Carnegie District Library server uses secure connections into your library account, there is no guarantee that your personal reading history is absolutely secure from other users on the network.

Login Help
  1. Start the login by clicking the 'Login' menu item in the top right corner of browser.
  2. A Login form will show with the following fields 'Name', 'Barcode or Your Alternate ID', and 'Enter your PIN'.
  3. Enter correct information into all the fields.
  4. Press 'Submit' button to login to your patron account.

If you happened to forget your PIN click the 'Forgot Your PIN?' button and fill in the PIN Request form to get an email sent with the link to reset your PIN. If you do not have an email associated with your account please call the library for assistance at 517.546.0720.