Saturday, October 17, 2009

Finding scary fare

Get in the mood for Halloween by picking up some scary movies. We have plenty-- over 200 titles. Here are some tips to help you find one to enjoy (or should I say have nightmares about?). Begin in our online catalog iBistro.

For a general look at our horror collection, use the search phrase horror films and dvd, then click the words or phrase button.

If you're looking up a movie with a particular actor or actress search by typing the actor's name and once again include the terms and dvd. So, let's say you're looking for the movie that starred Linda Blair as a young girl possessed by the devil, type: linda blair and dvd and then click the words or phrase button (you can also click the author button, but you will then need to click her name reference to bring up her titles.) Note that you do not need to capitalize her name.

If you have a title in mind, use the same scheme by typing the title and the phrase and dvd. Click the title button to submit. I would also recommend limiting your search to Adult (found among the radio buttons above the search box, labeled "Reading Level"). If you leave the reading level at All you might get more results than you'll care to look through.

Don't forget to have your library card handy in case you need to place a hold on a movie that is checked out. (Once you've found the title amongst the results list, click the details button; once in the item record click the hold button on the left side.)

Lastly, If you're unable to find what you're looking for at our library, you may expand the search to all libraries in our computer system by selecting ALL in the drop-down menu to the right of the search box. You can then place a hold for the title you want.

Happy hunting!