For assistance, please contact your local campus library. Direct contact information is available on their web sites linked below.
Type the keyword you want to find. For example:
Words may be right-hand truncated using an asterisk ('*') in place of other characters. The '*' wildcard may also be embedded in a search string. You may use '?' to replace a single character anywhere within a word.
Examples : environment* polic*, wom?n
Use "and" or "or" to specify multiple words in any field, any order. Use "and not" to exclude words.
Example : stocks and bonds
Example : (alaska or canada) and (adventure and not vacation)
|Field limits||A field limit causes the system to search only the specified field for the specified word(s).|
|Grouping||Keyword search results are usually grouped by relevance to bring the most likely titles to the top of the list. Each group represents a similar level of relevance and results are sorted within the group by date or title. To get an ungrouped result set, use boolean operators to form a complex query.|
When searching multiple words the system will automatically supply the Boolean "and" operator between each word; multiple words entered for the search will all occur somewhere in the retrieved records though not necessarily in the order entered. Both examples on the right will retrieve the same results.
Search for complete phrases by enclosing them in quotation marks. Words enclosed in double quotes will appear together in all results exactly as typed.
A phrase Search:
"university science department"
* Matches any number of non-space characters, starting at the specified position in the word. For example, "comput*" will match all words that begin with "comput" (e.g., "computer", "computation", etc.).
The '*' wildcard may also be embedded in a search string.
? You may use a question mark ('?') to replace a single character anywhere within a word.
Use AND or OR to specify multiple words in any field, any order. Use AND NOT to exclude words. Select the operator you wish to use from the selection list on the Advanced Search form.
Field limits may be specified by selecting a field limit from the selection list. These limits appear before the word or phrase to be searched. A field limit causes the system to search only the specified field for the specified word(s).
Keyword search results are usually grouped by relevance to bring the most likely titles to the top of the list. Each group represents a similar level of relevance and results are sorted within the group by date or title. To get an ungrouped result set, use boolean operators to form a complex query.
Most relevant titles
Highly relevant titles
Very relevant titles
Other relevant titles
If you have a favorite author or subject for which you often search when using the catalog, you can save the search with the click of a button. This will prevent you from having to key in the search each time and let you place reserves on new materials quicker.
If a search results in only one item, the display format will be a full record. If a search results in multiple items, the default display is a brief record list, the format of which depends on the index searched. For example, a subject search for "Maine civil war 1861 1865" will result in a list of subject headings beginning with these words. A keyword search for "Maine civil war" will result in an alphabetical list of titles whose records contain these words. Numbers precede letters in title list displays.
When viewing a brief record list, click the Extended Display button to display the location codes (e.g."O" for Orono) next to each title. If a list of subject headings is displayed, Extended Display will show both location codes and up to five titles under each subject heading.
To view a record in MARC (Machine Readable Cataloging) format, click the MARC Display button. This format may be useful if an ISSN, ISBN, or OCLC accession number is needed.
All materials in the URSUS catalog are associated with a specific library and location within the library. When you search the catalog, each copy will show a location. These locations begin with the library symbol followed by a specific area or collection name in the library. For example, the following title is held at the Presque Isle, Fort Kent, and Machias libraries:
|Bangor Pub. Lib.||Bangor Public Library|
|Darling Marine Center||University of Maine, Ira C. Darling Center|
|Farmington||University of Maine at Farmington|
|Leg||Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library|
|Lew||Lewiston / Auburn College|
|Maine State Lib.||Maine State Library|
|UM Orono||University of Maine (Orono)|
|UMA||University of Maine at Augusta|
|UMA-Bangor||University of Maine at Augusta Bangor Campus|
|UMFK||University of Maine at Fort Kent|
|UMLAW||University of Maine School of Law|
|UMM||University of Maine at Machias|
|UMPI||University of Maine at Presque Isle|
|USM POR||University of Southern Maine (Portland)|
|USM GOR||University of Southern Maine (Gorham)|
Records may be marked (saved) for later printing, e-mailing, or downloading. To mark a record when viewing the full record, click the "Add to Bag" button. To mark a record when viewing a title list, check the box next to the title and click the "Add Marked to Bag" button at the top or bottom of the page before viewing the next page.
To print a single record currently displayed on the screen, use the browser's print button.
To print lists of selected records, mark the desired records as outlined above in Saving lists of records, then click the View Bag button. On the Saved Records screen, click the Export Saved button. On the export screen, under the heading Format of List, select a list format. Under the heading Send List To, select the screen option and click Submit. Use the browser's print button to print the resulting display of marked records. Click on Clear Saved Records when done.
Marked records may also be e-mailed. Enter e-mail address under the heading Send List To and click Submit.
The URSUS online request function allows registered borrowers to request books with a status of "available" from University of Maine System libraries and the Maine State libraries. Requested materials are delivered to the campus, center, or site the borrower specifies.
UMS faculty, staff and registered students may use the online request function.
Patrons who obtain a library courtesy, alumni or a corporate borrower card from a UMS campus library may also use the online request function, and must pick up materials at the campus library which issued their card. Borrower restrictions may apply. Check with the campus library staff that issued the courtesy card.
Search URSUS and locate the book you need. If the book you want is displaying a status of "available," then select the Request button. If the book is displaying a due date, see "What if an item is checked out (status "DUE [date]")?" below. You will be prompted for the information required to get the book to you.
If the book you want is not from your own library or campus location, you must place an Interlibrary Loan request for the book at your local library or remote center. If the book you want IS from your own library, check with the circulation desk at your library to place a recall on the book. The recall process cannot be done online at this time. You will be notified by mail when the item is available. It will be held for you for 10 days.
If you are not an URSUS-affiliated cardholder (e.g. you are browsing the URSUS catalog from out-of-state or from a non-URSUS library in-state), but see something in the URSUS catalog that is of interest, you should place an Interlibrary Loan request for the item at your local school, public, or academic library.
Library cardholders may renew their own materials online. All material may be renewed except for materials with reserves and materials on which you owe fines.