To improve your search experience, increase the number of results, and gain access to advanced features and item retrieval options, always log in by clicking My Account on the library landing page:
Or click the Sign In button at the top right of the LibrarySearch interface:
If you choose not to sign in at the beginning of your session, you can always click on the sign in prompt that appears above your search results:
Once you have signed in to LibrarySearch you can:
Please note: LibrarySearch login times out after 30 minutes of inactivity, automatically signing you out and resetting itself to the default search page.
Search as above; use last name, first name
e.g., Cronenberg, David
Use quotation marks to search for specific titles
UTL Catalogue Browse/Subject Search
There are few options to access films for your projects both online and borrowing DVDs or BluRays from libraries.
UofT Libraries does have a Streaming Video List highlighting different streaming databases of film.
The other options is to search for films using UofT LibrarySearch - Advanced Search (scroll down for tips on using Advanced Search including how to select format and build up your search).
Use quotations marks to instruct LibrarySearch to pull results that match the film title you entered. (e.g., "Ginger Snaps", "Dead Ringers")
If you have a generic or popular title or there have been remakes of your preferred film, include the Director's last name or full name in your search.
Identify the film record that best suits your need.
Be aware that sometimes the library record for the streaming and physical DVD/BluRay appear as two separate records:
Be careful selecting the date. DVD and BluRay records reflect the date this format was released, not the year that the film was first screened / released to the public.
UofT Students can get a Toronto Public Library Card and access even more online and physical films, television, and videos.
Toronto Public Libraries subscribes to several services you can use to stream or download movies and TV shows.
If your topic needs more than a single word or phrase to describe, the Advanced Search interface can help you build that more complex search.
When opening Advanced Search, you will see two lines where a search term can be entered. You also have the option of adding additional lines.
Once you have entered your search terms, you can also place limits on how and where the database searches. Each downward pointing arrow in the following image provides a different way of modifying your search.
Using the drop down menus on the left side, you can tell the database where in the item records you would like to look for each search term. For instance, you can limit your search to locate your keyword in titles or author names as illustrated in the following image. Click on any drop down menu to see what options it provides.
Using the drop down menus on the right side, you can tell the database to only include items in your results that adhere to a specific criteria. For instance, using the format menu you can ask to only see results that fit a specific format like books or articles.
Using the language menu, you can ask to see only results that are published in a specific language.
And by using the date menus, you can limit your results to items published during a specific period of time.
Bringing together multiple options allows you to build that more complex search required by your research topic.
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