Friday, June 12, 2015

Audience and Reading Level Filters Added in WISCAT

Two new filters are available to narrow your WISCAT search results.

Audience Level – Limits your search results to materials targeted to a specific audience

  • Target audience is derived from the 008 field in library catalog records
          a Preschool
          b Primary
          c Pre-adolescent
          d Adolescent
          e Adult
           f Specialized
          g General
           j Juvenile

  • This filter works with the Ztargets (library catalogs) and the Union Catalog
Reading Level (Union Catalog Only) – Limits your search to an Accelerated Reader or Lexile range/level

  • Info from the 521 field in library catalog records
  • This filter works with the WISCAT Union Catalog only
Image of Audience Level and Reading Level filters on WISCAT search results screen
Audience Level and Reading Level Filters on WISCAT search results screen


Using Filters

1.  Enter a search to obtain results from the selected library catalogs (Resources). 

2.  As results are returned by the catalogs, information from specific fields in the catalog records is gathered and sorted by the filters. 

3. When the search is complete, select a filter such as Audience Level to open its menu.

4. Click on one of the filtered results options, for example, Juvenile.

5. The filtered search results will then display.

6. Multiple filters may be used to narrow the search results; for example, if wanting DVDs for juveniles.
     a. open the Audience Level filter to click on Juvenile
     b. open the Format filter to select DVD.


7. After a filter has been used, it is easily removed by clicking on <Back to All Filters to return to the original search results to try other filters if desired.
Click on Back To All Filters to return to search results
Use < Back to All Filters to return to original search results


Remember
Filters rely on information being in specific fields in the library catalog records. If no info is in those fields, the records will not be included in the filtered results.


Written by:
Vickie Long, Resources for Libraries & Lifelong Learning