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OhioLINK Catalog (Encore)

Database tutorial for searching the OhioLINK Catalog

Accessing OhioLINK

The following link will lead you to the OhioLINK Catalog:

Using the Search Box

The Central Catalog search box allows you to search for any piece of an item's record. This includes title, author, keyword, and ISBN number. Type your terms into the Central Catalog search box and select the arrow or hit Enter to conduct your search.

The following image shows the Central Catalog search box:

View of the OhioLINK Central Library Catalog search box with options to also search the classic catalog.

Viewing Your Results

Your search results are sorted by "relevance," but can also be sorted alphabetically by title or by date (newest results displayed first, though some materials should be checked for accuracy).

The following image shows the Results for our keyword search on "education" resources:

Image of the results list with the search box near the top of the page, result count, page view options, and "request" button available with each item.

Use the "Request It" button to place requests for print materials. 

Follow the prompts in the pop-up window to select your institution and fill in your name and barcode number.

If you do not know your barcode number, please contact us at 

Narrowing Your Results

Narrow OhioLINK Results:

After conducting your search, your list of results will display. If you did not use Advanced Search features, discussed in another section of this tutorial, your search results list is likely very long.

Using the Refine By menu, you can limit your results to the following:

  • Availability - Is your resource in print or online?
  • Found in - If keyword searching, you can refine by that word in only the subject, title, or author field
  • Format - What type of resource is it?
  • Language - Limit results to only include a certain language, such as English, to avoid items which do not have translated versions
  • Publish Date - Type in your date range and click "Apply" 
  • Place - In what country was the item published?
  • Subject - Choose similar items in the same subject area

Browse Other Catalogs:

You can also search other catalogs easily in the "Refine by" area.

SearchOhio is a large consortium of public libraries throughout the state. A click on the SearchOhio icon will send you to the Central Catalog for public libraries, and conduct your search for you automatically.

WorldCat is a catalog of libraries around the world. If you are out of state, this can be a viable option to obtain print materials from a library closer to home without the cost of shipping from the Tiffin library.

The following images shows the SearchOhio and WorldCat icons in the "Refine by" area:

Image shows "Other Sources" with icons for SearchOhio and WorldCat

Search terms too broad or too narrow?

If you didn't get exactly what you needed in your search, look for the "Related Searches" option in the "Refine by" box.

These search suggestions can be helpful!