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Format Facets in the Library Catalog

You might have noticed that the library catalog has recently changed how it labels item formats in the format facets on the right side of the search results. Instead of just saying "Music Recording" or "Film/Video", it now tries to indicate the specific format like "CD" or LP".

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Unfortunately, these new facets aren't 100% accurate. We have many more than 12 CDs of Brahms symphonies, but for some reason the facet isn't picking those up. So don't just rely on the smaller facets--make sure to check the "Music Recording" results if you're not finding what you need.

Also, don't forget that you can include information like a performer or ensemble's name, the record label or publisher's name to improve your search.

As always, if you have questions or want to make sure you're doing the best searches possible, contact us or come to the reference desk for help!

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