Tips on Using WolfPAC


The online catalog can be reached by following the links under Catalogs on our homepage, or by bookmarking this URL: Log in as GUEST, or register and log in with your personal account ID and password. If you register and log in, records can be stored on your E-Shelf, a bibliographic shopping cart. Logging in also allows you to set preferred result list displays.


After logging in, you will come to the new search screen which looks like this:



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Basic Searching:

The default search type is BASIC. If you click the down arrow on the Field to Search box, you will see a list of indexes to help you conduct more precise searches. All Fields is the most inclusive index, allowing for global keyword searching. If you get a result that is too large, you can narrow your search using one of the other indexes listed on the dropdown menu. Author, Title, Notes, and Subject are probably already familiar to you, but we have added special indexes to help you conduct more specific searches of our collections.


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Library Company Indexes:

Form/Genre index can be used to find books by type, e.g. gift books or broadsides. It can also be used to find books with significant characteristics such as type of binding or illustration, provenance evidence, and publication features such as subscription lists. For a list of commonly used genre and other terms, click here: . For special graphics terms, see . Keep in mind that such terms have not been used comprehensively in our catalog records.


Place of Publication can be used to find books and other printed works published in a particular location. Search by names of cities or state abbreviations (not postal codes).


Publisher/Printer/Bookseller can be used to find books printed or published by a particular person or company. Booksellers are also included if their names are printed on the title page. This index is a subset of the Associated Names index.


Year can be used to find books by date of publication. For multi-year items, use the earliest date.


Provenance can be used to find books and other printed works that once belonged to a particular person or organization. This index is a subset of the Associated Names index.


Associated Names is an index that allows you to search by the names of people involved in the creation or life of a book or graphic. Examples include book illustrators, binders, architects, sculptors, and annotators. These individuals’ names may not be added to every record, but only to notable cases. The Printer/Publisher/Bookseller and Provenance indexes are also included here.


URL can be used for records that include a link to a digital surrogate. You can enter a term that is part of the URL or descriptive words naming the link.


Language Code can be used to find texts in a particular language. These language codes are standard throughout libraries in the U.S., and can be found here.


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Limit Search To:

Searches can be limited by language, publication date, media format, and collection (actually shelf location). These limits can be used with specific indexes and collections, or with All Fields and All Collections .


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Collection to Search:

Another way to limit a search result is to narrow your search to a portion of the catalog. Using the drop-down menu next to Collection to Search, you can limit your search to Books and other printed texts, our Print Department’s graphic collections, the small collection of manuscripts not on deposit with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and electronic texts such as Digital Evans.


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Boolean Operators (And, Or, Not):

The best explanation of the use of Boolean operators in WolfPAC 2.0 is provided in the catalog’s Help section. To go to WolfPAC 2.0 click here , log in, then choose Help.


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Displaying Records:

After you enter your search term or terms and click Go , you will get a display of records that match your search criteria. To view a single record, click on the record number in the left column of the display. To view several records and eliminate unwanted records, check the box in the second column for each record you wish to view. Then click View Selected. Note that this feature works best with Internet Explorer. You can email records to yourself, save records on your pc, or, if you register and log in, you can store records on your E-Shelf . You can also modify your search by clicking on Refine . To start a new search, click on Search . To change from a keyword search to an alphabetical search click on Browse.

To return to the Library Company’s website, you can click on the Library Company’s seal at any time.



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Previous Searches:

Searches are saved for the duration of the current session and can be used to generate new searches or manipulated using Boolean operators. Click on Previous Searches to see a list of your searches. You can View a result set again and choose to Refine your search. You can check multiple search sets and combine them using Boolean operators by clicking on Cross .


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