Library Catalog Help Center

Grouping Results

Keyword search results are usually grouped by relevance to bring the most likely titles to the top of the list. Each group represents a similar level of relevance and results are sorted within the group by date or title.

Most relevant Most relevant titles 

Highly relevant Highly relevant titles 

Very relevant Very relevant titles 

Relevant Relevant titles 

Other relevant Other relevant titles 

To get an ungrouped result set, use Boolean operators to form a complex query.


Type the keyword you want to find. For example:

  • design
  • vegetarian recipes
  • brunner nursing

Multiple Words

When searching multiple words the system will automatically supply the Boolean "and" operator between each word; multiple words entered for the search will all occur somewhere in the retrieved records though not necessarily in the order entered. Both examples will retrieve the same results.

Phrase Searching

Search for complete phrases by enclosing them in quotation marks. Words enclosed in double quotes will appear together in all results exactly as typed.


A phrase Search:
"university science department"

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*   Matches any number of non-space characters, starting at the specified position in the word. For example, "comput*" will match all words that begin with "comput" (e.g., "computer", "computation", etc.).
The '*' wildcard may also be embedded in a search string.

?   You may use a question mark ('?') to replace a single character anywhere within a word.


* Wildcard:

will find educate, educating, education, etc.

environment* polic*
will find environment police, environmental policy, environmental policymaking, or environmentalism and policies, etc.

? Wildcard:

will find woman and women

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Combining Search Words - Boolean Operators

Use AND or OR to specify multiple words in any field, any order. Use AND NOT to exclude words. Select the operator you wish to use from the selection list on the Advanced Search form.

Want to know more about combining search words? See this Library Guide. Note: The example in the guide uses only NOT, but in the catalog, you must use AND NOT.


Using Boolean operators:

stocks and bonds
will find results in which BOTH words occur somewhere in the retrieved record though not necessarily in the order entered.

stocks or bonds
will find results in which EITHER word (but not both) occur somewhere in the retrieved record.

stocks and not bonds will find results that have "stocks" somewhere in the retrieved record but will eliminate any record that has "bonds" somewhere in the record.

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Specific Kinds of Searches (author,title, etc.)

You can search the catalog using specific kinds of searching. This can be done in three ways:

  1. Using the drop menu to the left of the search box on almost all pages. Your options include:
    • Author
    • Title
    • Journal Title
    • Subject
    • ISBN / ISSN
    • etc.
  2. You can also choose these same searches from the menu on the right of the catalog home page.

    Why would you do that? The advantage of using this option is that you will be taken to a search screen with help tips and options specific to the type search you are seeking. Take a look at the search page for an Author search for an example.

  3. Using Field Limits on the Advanced Keyword Search page

    Field limits cause the system to search only a specific section (or field) of the entire catalog record. In ADVANCED SEARCHING you can set a field by selecting a field (for example, AUTHOR) from the drop-down menu in front of the box with your search terms.

    For example, you could use a field limit search to search for the word grisham only in the author section (or field) of the entire catalog record.

    Field Limits and their meanings:

    • Author: Search only author fields
    • Title: Search only title fields
    • Subject: Search only subject fields

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Saving your searches

If you have a favorite author or subject for which you often search when using the catalog, you can save the search with the click of a button. This will prevent you from having to key in the search each time and let you place reserves on new materials quicker. Note: You must be logged into your library record/account first.

How to:

  1. Log in to your Library Record/Account.
  2. Click on the "New Search" button.
  3. Search for your favorite author, subject, title, etc. or create an advanced keyword search including limits to material type, language, publication year, etc..
  4. When your results are displayed, click the button marked "Save as preferred search".
  5. The next time that you log in to your record/account, you can click the "Preferred Searches" button to see a list of your saved searches.
  6. Click on the search link associated with any of the preferred search terms in the list to quickly execute your search.
  7. You can be alerted of new materials added to the library collection which match your searches. Just check the "Mark for Email" box. Emails will be sent to your current ACC email address.

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Saving Items to Folders

You can save an item or many items to your folder for later in the session to view, request, print, or export to email or a file.

How to:

  1. At the browse screen, mark items for saving
  2. Click on the "Add Marked to Folder" button.
  3. Once you have saved items to your folder, you can use the "View Folder" button or the "Empty Folder" button at the top.
  4. When viewing your items, you have options to
    • Export all or some of them.
    • Request all or some of them.
    • Add all or some of them to one of your lists.

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Requesting Items

For items not owned by ACC, use Interlibrary Loan.

Note: You cannot request textbooks from the Student Support Textbook Collection online.

  1. Search the ACC Library Catalog for the book.
  2. Once the book is found, Click on the Request button at the top or bottom of the catalog page. Or, view and choose saved items in your folder and click on "Request Saved."
  3. Fill in your ACCeID and password.
  4. Choose the preferred location for picking up your requested book.
  5. Enter a date by which to cancel your request if it is not immediately available.
  6. Click on the Submit... button (or Start Over to cancel the request at this point).
  7. Review your request and click on the Request Selected Item to complete your request.
  8. Click on the Start Over button to begin a new search (or the Regular Display button to return to the item display screen).

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Creating Lists

You can add any item records -- either from a browse list or from a specific catalog record -- to a list you have already created or to a new list. Your lists are accessible only to you.

How to:

  1. Mark the record(s) on a browse page and click on Add to My Lists link. Note if you are looking at a specific record and wish to add it to a list, there is an Add to My Lists link at the top of that page.
  2. If you are already logged in, you will see a drop box asking you to select a list.
  3. If you are not logged in, you will first be presented with a log in screen.
  4. If you are adding to an existing list, just choose that one.
  5. If you are creating a new list, just choose the option to create a new list and follow the directions.

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Library cardholders may renew their own materials online. All material may be renewed except for materials with reserves and materials on which you owe fines.

How to:

  1. Log in to your My Millennium Account.
  2. If not the default view click the "Items currently checked out" link to view the materials you have checked out.
  3. Select the materials you want to renew by checking the boxes in the RENEW column and then click the Renew Selected button. If you want to renew everything, click the Renew ALL button.
  4. If you cannot renew items, a message will appear on the screen. If you are successful, a new due date will appear in the "STATUS" column. Always check the STATUS column for information on the success or failure of your renewal.

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Fines & Fees Payment

Be sure to check with the library to see if you have returned all items and know the correct amount of your fine.
See the FAQ: Contact the library about my record for more information.

You can pay fines with

  • cash
  • check
  • money order

You may come into any ACC library to pay your fines or return library material.

If you cannot come to a library, you may send a check or money order. Be sure to include a note with your ACC ID# and a return address so that we can send you a receipt.

  • Checks must be pre-printed with name and address. Starter checks cannot be accepted.
  • Checks should be made out to "Austin Community College."
  • The College requires that you include your driver's license number, phone number, and ACC ID number if applicable.

See related FAQ: Privacy Information

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