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.
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.
To Request an Item: Find the item in the NIC Catalog and click on the “Request It” button. Fill in your name, library card number (without spaces), and your PIN and click SUBMIT. On the second screen , from the pull down menu, select the NIC library where you would like to pick up the item.
To Cancel a Request: Log into “My Account” If the lower half of the screen does not display your Requests click on "x" Requests (Holds). Find the item(s) that you would like to cancel, and place a checkmark in the box in the Cancel column. Click on "Update Marked Holds" and your request will be permanently canceled.
To Freeze a Request: Use the “Freeze Request” function to save your place on the requests list while you are gone. If frozen, your hold will continue to move up the list for that title, but it will not be set aside until you unfreeze it. You can use this feature when you are going on vacation, have too many books to read, or are just too busy. It is as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Be sure to “Unfreeze” your requests when you want to start receiving your requests again. To “unfreeze” uncheck the checked box in the Freeze column and click “Update Marked Holds”.
My Lists is a new feature that allows you to create wish lists of titles you may want to check out later. Here’s how to get started:
Reading History maintains a list of all materials that you check out, even after the materials have been returned. This is an "opt in" feature, meaning that your library will only keep a Reading History if you have elected to participate in the service.
What is NIC? NIC is an acronymn that stands for the Northern Illinois Cooperative. The Northern Illinois Cooperative or NIC is an eight member library cooperative or consortium consisting of the following libraries.
Cherry Valley Public Library District
Harvard Diggins Library
Howard Colman Library (Rockford College)
Ida Public Library (Belvidere)
Nippersink Public Library District (Richmond)
North Suburban Library District (Loves Park, Machesney Park and Roscoe)
Talcott Free Public Library District (Rockton)
Woodstock Public Library
When you search NIC, you have the ability to search the collections of all eight member libraries.
To search beyond the collections of the eight NIC member libraries, place an interlibrary loan request for materials not available in NIC, or search other resources, please click here.