There are a few different ways to begin searching the collections at SCRC.
The first way is to search directly from the main library's website by entering keywords into the library’s search bar powered by Summon. This general search bar allows you to search the entire library catalog and is a good option if you know the exact title, author, or subject of your query.
When viewing your search results in the main catalog, you have the option to limit your results under Refine your search. You may need to scroll down to see all of the options.
To limit your results to only those held in Specials Collections, select the “Special Collections” option located under Library Location.
Then you can narrow your results further by selecting “Book/eBook” or “Manuscript” under Content Type.
Sometimes, you may find that you need to refine your search, but are unable to find the criteria easily listed on the left-side bar. If you click “more” at the bottom of the displayed list under the particular area you would like to refine, you will get a pop-up window which provides you with all of the criteria for those particular search results. For example, in the images below, I would like to see more subject terms.
Note that you not only have the option to include multiple subject terms, but also to exclude terms. In this example, I would like to see all the results pertaining to "law" OR "women," but I do not want to see results for "Indians of North American" NOR do I want to see results on "personal relationships."
You also have the option to narrow results using the search term AND. In the images shown below, I have selected to see results regarding “history” AND “law” but excluding all those regarding “social life and customs” or “religious aspects.” In order to see results in this manner, you need to first make sure that the “Any” box (the first option under the criteria heading) is not checked.
You can sort your search results Subject Terms by the frequency of the subject term (number of results including that term) or alphabetically by selecting # for frequency or A-Z for alphabetically on the "Sort by: # | A-Z."
The next way to search the collections at SCRC is to "Search the Classic Catalog." This option allows you to narrow your search terms by subject heading, title, author, call number, and other criteria. You can search the classic catalog directly from the search bar below, or you can click here to access the classic catalog main page.
To narrow your search to Special Collections materials only, select "E.S. Bird Library - Special Collections" in the Location drop-down menu on the classic catalog main page, as shown above.
After you have conducted a search, you can also narrow your results to Special Collections materials only by selecting "[+]: Special Collections" under the "Refine by:" section on the right hand side of the results page, as shown above.