Monday, January 28, 2019

Tennessee READS Tutorial: How to Search

Welcome back to Tennessee READS Tutorial!

This week, we'll be navigating search options.  TN READS offers nearly 100,000 different titles, which include e-books, audiobooks, and videos.  Learning how to use the search bar and other navigation resources is critical to finding what you need exactly when you need it.

To start, you'll notice TN READS has a search option in the navigation bar of the website.  See the little magnifying glass?  That's where you'll begin your search.


To run a standard search, simply click on the magnifying glass icon to pull up your search bar.  Now, type in the author, title, or subject you wish to find, and then press enter.  (You can also click the magnifying glass icon at the end of the search bar to submit your search.)


We decided to search for John Grisham titles.  In this case, we found 88 different results for "John Grisham," which includes books and audiobooks.  To narrow down these results, you can actually add filters.  Search filters are found above the books, which means you can sort the books by relevance, title, popularity, and others, and within the left task bar.


These filters are great, because they allow you to weed out the e-books, audiobooks, or other media you don't want to see.  You can browse titles that are available right now (titles that won't require your name to go on a waitlist), e-books versus audiobooks, subject matter, and much more.  Here's a sample of all the filters available on TN READS:


Once you've selected the filters you wish to use, changes will automatically be made to your search results.  You can select one filter, or you can select many!  For instance, we wanted to filter the results for our search of John Grisham titles.  We wanted to see all available titles, but we also wanted to see only titles labeled "fiction" and available through the "Overdrive Read."

If you don't like the filters you selected, you can always remove them by clicking the "x" at the left side of the blue filter tab.  (You can also select the "Clear All" option in red at the top.  This will set you back to your original search results.)


If you would like to do a more general search, you can also browse by collection or subject.  The "Collections" tab will lead you to special collections, such as the kids and teens collections, e-books and audiobooks, as well as videos.  You can explore these at your leisure, and you can access them at any time in the navigation bar at the top of the page.


The "Subjects" tab will lead you to a page with all titles grouped together in a category.  These categories include fiction, nonfiction, juvenile, young adult, and videos.  Each category features specialized subjects and genres, so you can search from everything from African American fiction to media studies to children's videos.


For more information on Tennessee READS, access their Help Desk online at any time:  https://help.overdrive.com/?Key=reads&Sup=&edge=true&_ga=2.262125839.309027359.1546117349-874898395.1540222169

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