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Searching the Media Collection

Our media collection can be searched through the Library Catalog using many of the same strategies to find print materials. You can search by title and also limit the results further by format (DVD, VHS, etc.) and holdings location (where the item is physically held). Here are a few of the most common search strategies.

Search Media by Title

  1. Go to the Library Catalog.
  2. In the search box, type the title of the video.
  3. In the drop down box next to the search box, change "Keywords" to "Title".
  4. Click the Search button to view the results of your search. Then in the right-hand "Narrow Your Search" menu choose "Film or Video." 

Search Media by Director/Actor/Etc

  1. Go to the Library Catalog.
  2. In the search box, type the name of the director or actor you are looking for. 
  3. Click the Search button to view the results of your search. Then in the right-hand "Narrow Your Search" menu choose "Film or Video." 

View All Titles in Media Collection

  1. Go to the Classic Library Catalog
  2. Click on Advanced Search.
  3. Click on the More Limits button (lower right corner of screen).
  4. Select Undergraduate Media Collection under the Location heading.
  5. Click Set Limits. Red bold text will appear on the screen stating: "Search Limits are in effect!"
  6. In the Search for box, type "videorecording" without the quotation marks.
  7. In the drop down box next to to this choose "these words as a phrase."
  8. In the last drop down box choose "Title Words."
  9. Click the Search button to view the results of your search. To view the full record for an item, click on the title.

Availability and Details

  1. In either the Library Catalog or Classic Catalog, click on the title to view the full record.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the call number, location, and availability of the title. 
  3. Media items not on reserve are located on the lower level of the Undergraduate Library.

Media Items on Reserve

Some media items that have been placed on reserve may not be searchable through the online catalog because they are actually privately-owned copies, usually owned by instructors. You will need to use the Course Reserves link to search for these items. The best way to search for media items which an instructor has put on reserve is to use the Course Reserves search tool.

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