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Day 9 - Searching

As we learned in Day 5, our OverDrive collection now includes 13,959 titles! That’s a lot of titles to browse through. How can you find the one, two or 169 (the number of titles on my To Be Read list) titles that you really want? Let’s find out, shall we?

My first stop is LINKcat. Did you know that you can search for the word “downloadable” in the title search? That search will bring back 10,436 titles including both audio and ebooks. That’s still a lot of titles so how can we narrow that down? Try adding the title or author you’re looking for. For example, searching for “downloadable McCall Smith” in the Library Catalog search brings back nine items - all of which are part of the OverDrive collection. Much better! Click on the title for the full record, then look for Online Resources and the link to access the title in OverDrive.

Here’s a tip for you if you’re in need of something to read right now. From OverDrive's Digital Download Center, to see which of the New eBook Additions are available click on View All, then check the box for Only Show Titles with Copies Available and hit submit. This takes your results list from 200 down to 44. This tip works with all of the highlighted collections on the front page.

AdvancedSearch (click to enlarge)Need even more options? OverDrive has an Advanced Search feature. There are three fields on this page that I think are extremely useful. First is format. For example, if you’re only interested in Kindle books or MP3 titles, use the drop down menu to make your selection. Second is Date added to site. Use the drop down menu here to choose from titles added within the last 7 days to the last 365 days. Last, but not least, is the checkbox to Only Show Titles with Copies Available. You can add an author, title, subject or other information to further refine your search.

My best advice, though, is to take advantage of the Wish List feature in My Account. As you’re browsing or searching through the OverDrive collection, add titles to your wish list as you come across them. As far as I know, there isn’t a limit to the number of titles you can have in your list or the length of time they can stay there. You can place items on hold or check them out from your Wish List and titles can be removed anytime.

Do you have a favorite way to find titles in OverDrive? I’d love to hear about them so please share in the comments!
Guest post by Jean Anderson.


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