Theolog is a shared catalogue of the John Richard Allison Library, the H. R. MacMillan Library, and Dr. John Micallef Memorial Library. Use this catalogue to search for resources at these libraries and at libraries worldwide.
The Basic Search is the default search for Theolog, and is a good way to begin to explore a topic because it uses keywords to find resources by title, subject, author, and abstract.
Searching for items using the Basic Search is easy:
- Enter search terms and click the search button.
- Your results display in the following order:
- By catalogue holdings: Theolog first, worldwide second.
- By relevance based on where the keywords appear in the title, author, and subject.
- By date of publication.
There are filters along the left, which help you refine the results by library, format, author, year, language, etc.
You can use wildcards, truncation, and Boolean operators to search:
- Pound sign (#) for a single character.
- Question mark (?) for 0 to 9 characters within a single term.
- Asterisk (*) to search a term and its variations using a minimum of 3 characters.
- AND, OR, and NOT (must capitalize) to refine your search further: AND will search for results that include both terms; OR will search for either term; and NOT will eliminate the following term.
Click on the title to open the item record and see the holdings/availability information:
The text to the right of the title indicates the number of copies available, for example, "3 of 3 available." Only the first copy displays on the search results page, but full holdings/availability information is seen when you click the title or the name of the library/consortium that holds it, for example, "Theolog."
You will then see all the holdings and the availability of each item:
The Advanced Search can be used to conduct more targeted searches in Theolog. Click the Advanced Search link at the right of the Basic Search box. Here you may enter a number of search terms:
- Two search boxes are displayed, and you can use the "Add row" button to add additional boxes for more search terms.
- Use the dropdown box to select the index you would like to search: selecting Author will search the author index, selecting Title will search the title index, etc.
- Use AND, OR, and NOT to refine your search further: AND will search for results that include both terms; OR will search for either term; and NOT will eliminate the following term.
You can also add limits to your search:
- At the bottom of the Advanced Search screen you can limit your search by a number of facets, including format, year range, and language.
- You can also limit your search after you have clicked the search button by using the facets at the left of the search results screen.
Saving Your Searches
- You can select items by clicking the + link to the right of its entry, and view those items by clicking My List at the top right of the page.
- Save the list by clicking the ★ button and then Create Personal List. The list is saved in My Personal Lists. You need to be signed in to save lists.
- You can also email the list to yourself by click the button to the left of the ★ button.