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Library Catalog Quick Start Guide

This is a guide to assist patrons using the VDOT Research Library's online catalog, which helps patrons find and use print and online library resources.

Browse Search

Browse Search allows you to search a "list" by category such as 'Author', 'Title', 'Subject', etc. Search results appear in alphabetical order as a "Browse-able List" beginning with the nearest field matching the information you entered. 

Screen capture showing the browse search box.

Step 1: Select an index from the pick list menu (Author, Title Subject, etc.):

Step 2: Type a word or phrase to reposition the browse list accordingly and enter a term (like author's last name, as shown below):

Step 3: Click on the 'Search' button to launch the search. Also, you can click on the 'Start Over' button to clear all fields and resume your search:

Screen capture showing listing of authors matching Lomax.

Note: The Browse Search option generates a list of entries arranged in alphabetical order by the selected browse index beginning with the letters you typed in. Every list consists of multiple pages containing at least 10 entries each. At the top and bottom of each screen you will see red navigation arrows for "Previous Page" and "Next Page."

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