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How to Search

The Basic Search

Searches by keyword, searches all item metadata, results are returned in order of relevance.

Similar to Google Search, a keyword search returns results ordered by relevance. Searching on "summer library program" will prioritize records that contain the full string "summer library program", but will also include records that contain the individual words "summer" or "library" or “program”.

Small words:

Words with fewer than 3 characters will be ignored

The Advanced Search


Use this search to narrow or refine on multiple fields.  Type words in the Title and/or Description fields. Entries are case-Insensitive and are simple substring searches.  The results will return items in which the characters appear in exactly the order that was entered in the Title or Description fields, with no regard to word order or word boundaries.
Use the drop down menus to search additional fields. Select only one entry from each list: Subject, Format, Library Type/Size, County.

Search by Contributor


Use the tab, “Browse Contributor” to search for items contributed by a certain user. All registered users are listed on this page. Click a name to pull all items contributed by that user.

Note:

This search will not show the contributor’s user profile. To view a user’s profile, find and open an item contributed by the user. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the entry to find the contributor’s name. Click on the name to be taken to the user’s profile.

Search by Subject

Click the tab “Browse Subject” to explore a finite list of subjects. Click on a subject to pull all items with the subject attribute. Use the Advanced search to search on subject and other criteria to further refine the search.

Search by Collection

There are two collections in Iowa Library Commons:
Share This is a collection of items created by Iowa library staff to be shared with Iowa library staff. Items in this collection represent the work and efforts of library staff to provide exemplar service to Iowans and help libraries strive for excellence.
Buy Sell Trade This is a collection of library items, goods or services that Iowa libraries are selling, trading or giving away to other Iowa libraries. This collection contains a description, advertisement photos and contact information.

Search by Tags

Tags are words added to items by the contributor. To search on user-contributed tags, click the “Browse Tags” tab and select a tag.

User Profiles

To view a user’s profile, find and open an item contributed by the user. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the entry to find the contributor’s name. Click on the name to be taken to the user’s profile.