Make use of subject tags and controlled vocabularies. The Library of Congress chooses the terms that are used to classify subjects, we use these classifications to make subject tags in the records for each item. Navigating through these tags will allow you to see collections of items that are all linked together by subject.
The special commands on the other side of this page can be helpful in narrowing or expanding your search. If you're getting too many results try putting your terms in qutoations. If you're not getting enough results try using the ? to truncate your search term and retreive everything that has the same root word.
The three parent institutions of these libraries formed the Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries and the three libraries continue to work together closely despite changes in their parent institutions.
This arrangement means that students of United Lutheran Seminary and the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary can:
- View and search the catalogs of all three member institutions using ECCO.
- Request books from other cluster libraries.
This is the ECCO Basic Search page.
It allows you to conduct single line keyword searches and has a number of features that you can use to create more specific searches.
Basic Search Fields
Basic Search offers the user 7 fields that can be selected for searching. These are:
- All Fields no field is excluded from the search if a search term is found anywhere the record will be returned on the results page.
- Author which restricts the search to the author field so only records that have authors that match your search term will appear.
- Call Number is used when you know what the call number of the book is and want to bring up the record for that specific book.
- Journal Title can be used to locate a journal, magazine, other periodical by its title.
- Subject will match your search terms against the subject tags of records in the collection. This is a great field to search if you don't have a specific title in mind but searching all fields brings back too many results.
- Title restricts your search to just the title field, this is a great way to find a specific book in the collection without being overwhelmed with results.
- Title Begins With can be used when you know the first few words of the title but not the entire title, its more focused than searching all fields but less focused than just using the title field.
The Limit To feature of Basic Search allows the user to select one of four categories to restrict their search:
- All Material is the default setting. No matches are left out.
- 2006 and After removes results that were published prior to 2006. This is useful if your assignment requires newer sources.
- English Language Materials limits your search to only resources that are in English.
- Videos only returns results that are in the form of videos, all other types of resources are excluded.
Results per Page
This option allows the user to select the number of search results that are displayed per page on the results pages. The user can select 10. 20, 25, or 50 records.
The reset button is used to clear the search field and return all the other settings to their defaults.
This is the ECCO Advanced Search
It offers many more tools and is a much more powerful search interface than ECCO Basic Search.
Search Term Processing
Advanced search allows you to determine how multiple search terms are handled for each of the three search boxes by selecting "all of these," "as a phrase," or "any of these."
- "all of these" performs a search for records that contain all the search terms in any order.
- "as a phrase" searches for results that contain the search terms exactly as they appear in the search box.
- "any of these" performs a search were records containing as few as one of the search terms are displayed in the results.
The advanced search allows for more fields to be searched than the basic search. Advanced search can search for:
- Keyword Anywhere, if the keyword is in the record it will show up in the results page, it doesn't matter if it's the author, publisher, title, or subject.
- Author Name will only return results that match the authors name.
- Title will only search through the titles of works in the catalog.
- Subject will search the subject tags and categories that are associated with each record. This is a great way to take advantage of vocabulary terms to tap into groups of related materials.
- ISSN this search will find a book based on its ISSN number.
- Series will focus your search on the series title a work might belong to.
- Publisher: Name will provide you with all the books from a particular publisher that match your other search terms.
- Publisher: Date will return all the works that match your other search terms from the year of publication that is entered in the search box associated with that field.
- Personal Name will restrict your search to the primary person that is the subject of a work. This is useful for finding biographies.
- Other Personal Name will limit your search to the names of people that are associated with a work but are not the primary subject of the work.
Advanced search offers 3 search fields that can be linked using "AND," "OR," and "NOT" clauses. These clauses can help you organize and narrow your search.
- The "AND" clause is used when you want to search for a set of linked terms across specific fields. An example would be searching for a specific biography about Martin Luther, you could use a personal name search on one line linked by an AND clause to an author search on the next line to bring back the exact work you're looking for with few other results.
- The "OR" clause is best used to search for multiple terms with similar meanings or synonyms. An example would be doing a subject search for "public history" and linking it with an OR clause to "applied history" as these terms are often used interchangeably and only searching for one term will not return results using the other term.
- The "NOT" clause is a helpful tool for limiting search results when you want to search for a common term or name. An example would be searching for "Martin Luther" and adding a NOT clause for "King Jr." to only get results related to the German Theologian and not the African American Civil Rights Leader that share's part of his name.
Advanced search allows you to confine your search to:
- Current Material from the past year.
- Material from the past 5 years
- Material from the past 10 years
- The From ___ To ___ option allows you to enter a custom date range.
This option lets you select which cluster library collection you wish to search in and gives you the default option of searching in all three.
Using this search criteria allows you to search for items based on where they were published.
Only looking for books or Journals (Serials)? This search criteria is where you can filter out other resource types by selecting the one you're looking for.
This is used to filter Serials A.K.A journals, magazines, and periodicals based on their publication status. This lets you filter based on all status, currently published, ceased publication, and unknown.
This option allows you to search based on the format of the resource, is it text like a book, a sound recording, or a digital file? This option lets you select from a number of format options that also includes all formats so that you only have to sort through the format you're looking for.
This search filter allows you to exclude results that are not in your desired language which you can select from a listing.
This option allows you to filter resources based on the type of their content. This can be text, sounds, performed music, still images, or a number of other options including all content.
This filtering option allows you to filter results based on how the content is delivered, you can select microform, unmediated (doen't require anything to view the content), video, and several other options.
The carrier filtering criteria is similar to media but allows for a greater degree of specificity allowing the user to search for volumes, audio cassettes, microfilm rolls, and a number of other content carriers including the option to search for all carriers.
Records Per Page
You can select 10, 20, 25, or 50 records to be displayed on the results page.
The reset button clears all the fields and sets all the filters to their default settings.
This is ECCO's Subject Search mode.
Subject search is a great way to harness the power of the libraries use of Library of Congress Subject Headings.
The search has a single line titled subject and the option to set the number of results per page.
The results of your search will be subject headings that match your search terms. By selecting these headings you can view all the works that have been tagged with that heading.
This is ECCO's Author Search mode.
The author search provides you with two search boxes, one for the author's last name and one for the first name and middle initial.
As always you have the option to choose the number of records per results page as well.
Please note that if you are searching for something that was authored by a corporation or an association the name of the group is entered in the Last Name field.
If you're searching for a course reserve book you can use ECCO's Course Reserves Search.
The Course Reserve Search allows you to search by:
- Academic Department
- Using quotation marks will cause ECCO to only display results with the exact phrase that's inside the quotes.
- Adding a question mark to the ending or middle of a word will truncate the search. This allows ECCO to return results that match the search term up to the question mark. A search of "Altru?" would give results that included "altruism, altrusitic, and altruist"
- When searching for multiple terms at the same time you can use the "+" symbol to mark essential terms or the "*" to mark important terms. Essential terms will be present in every result, important terms will be present in most results though not all.