Having trouble finding what you need from Encompass Search?
Try some of the strategies listed below.
Enter your search phrase in quotes when searching for a specific title or phrase. This forces the search to locate ALL of the words IN THE ORDER GIVEN (not just anywhere in the record). Use this strategy for locating a known item by title or to locate materials on a specific topic.
You can also limit results after the search by clicking the check boxes on the left sidebar of your search results
If you get too many results, try adding the author's name in your revised search (e.g., "complete poems" AND "emily dickinson") using boolean operators as below.
Breaking your topic down into its most important concepts.
Using broader search terms.
Adding synonyms for your search terms.
Adding variations of search terms.
If you find the title, but not the edition, year, or format you need, check to see if the “Group related editions” box is checked. This is also known as “clustering” and you can un-select it to expand results.
Searches default to showing items held by Libraries Worldwide (so you don't miss anything!) You can also limit your results to items held locally by selecting 'Muhlenberg College Trexler Library' on the left side filters.
To locate items on the shelves, note the Call Number and title of the item you need.
The call number will consist of a Dewey Decimal number of at least 3 digits and an alpha-numeric "Cutter number" consisting of a Capital letter followed by 3 digits and a lower case letter or letters.
Items with Dewey numbers from 001 to 192 are located on Library Level "A"
Items with Dewey numbers from 193 to 779 are located on Library Level "B"
Items with Dewey numbers from 780 to 999 are located on Library Level "C"
NOTE: Items with the prefix "Ref." are interfiled and will be located on the same level as items within the Dewey Range without the prefix.
Items without the "Available" label or that say "At other libraries worldwide" are not in Muhlenberg College's collection, but most items not owned by Muhlenberg College can be requested via interlibrary loan.
When should I use Encompass Search?
Encompass Search allows you to quickly search, find, and access reliable and credible library content. In addition to locating books and other materials in Trexler Library’s local holdings, Encompass Search is ideal for:
Researching paper topics by revealing a broad overview of what's "out there" in the scholarly literature;
Finding representative, high-quality sources in various formats-- by filtering using the ‘peer-review limiter’
Locating interdisciplinary information by drawing on databases and indexes beyond resources you already know about-- even beyond Trexler Library’s holdings!