By default, a search in WorldCat UMD will return items held in libraries worldwide, with items available at UMD College Park usually displayed at the top of the list. But what if you want to limit your search results to only things that are held at the Performing Arts Library?
It’s easy: just select the Performing Arts Library from the drop-down menu of libraries to search, and your results will contain only items held at our branch. This is great when you’re already in the library and want to get your hands on some sources quickly.
But wait! Did you know there’s a way to limit your search to just the PAL Reference section?
By entering the right location code with your search, you can narrow your results to particular areas of the library, such as reference, stacks, or special collections.
Just enter your search terms followed by the label b8: and a four-character code for the exact location. The list of codes can be found on this page of the Subject Guide about WorldCat UMD.
For example, let’s say that you remember seeing some cool dictionary about percussion but you can’t recall the title and don’t want to wander aimlessly around the reference section. Just search for percussion and add b8:umaq (the code for PAL Reference), and you’ll see only items in our reference section downstairs.
So that’s where I found that drumming encyclopedia…