LINCCWeb Catalog Help

Quick Help - Frequently Asked Questions

The LINCCWeb catalog contains records for books, journals, magazines, audiovisual materials, and other items at Florida’s community college libraries. You can search by keyword, subject, author, and title to find the information you need. When you find the items you're looking for, write down the call number or other location information and then find the item on the library shelf.


Answers to the most frequently asked questions are provided below -- just click on a topic to find out more. You can get to advanced help by clicking a topic on the left side of this help window. Contact your librarian if you have more questions or need help searching for library materials.


How do I find books in LINCCWeb?

You can use a Keyword Search or a Browse Lists search to find library materials. Keyword Search is used most often. The next few questions explain the difference between these searches and the steps you need to take for each one.


What is the difference between Keyword Search and Browse Lists?

Keyword Search finds items that match the words you enter in the search box. Use Keyword Search when you don’t know the subject heading, you aren't sure of the exact title, or you know the author's last name (or the last names of two or more authors/editors). A keyword search is generally more flexible than a Browse Lists search, although you will probably retrieve more results. Advanced Search is just like a Keyword Search but has additional search options for you to choose from.


Browse Lists displays a list of items in alphabetical order based on the words you enter in the search box. Use Browse Lists when you know the subject heading, the exact title (or beginning of the title), or the author's last name and first initial. Results are displayed as an alphabetical list of headings related to your search terms. Headings are assigned by librarians according to Library of Congress classification and are very specific.


How do I find books with a Keyword Search?

  1. On the LINCCWeb catalog search screen, click Keyword Search.

  2. In the Search by box, select the field you want to search and enter your search terms.

  3. For Exact phrase, select Yes to find records that contain the sequence of words you enter. Select No to find records that include the words you enter, in any order.

  4. In the At box, select the college library that you want to search.

  5. Click Search. (Or, you can limit your search by using the Format options.)

  6. In the results list, look for the open book icon that appears next to books in the library collection. Once you've found a book you are interested in, click the title to view more detailed information about the item, or click the college/campus to see the item’s location and availability.


How do I find books with a Browse Lists Search?

  1. On the LINCCWeb catalog search screen, click Browse Lists.

  2. In the Search by box, select the field you want to search and enter search terms. In the At box, select the college/campus library you want to search.

  3. Click Search.

  4. A list of links that include the terms you entered will be displayed. Click a link to view records for a particular subject.

  5. In the results list, look for the open book icon that appears next to books in the library collection. Once you've found a book that interests you, click the title to view more detailed information about the item, or click the college/campus link to see the item's location and availability.


How do I find eBooks, DVDs, or other item formats?

If you search for “All” formats, you can identify the format type by the icon that appears next to each item in the results list. For example, an open book icon indicates printed books while an open book with an "e" above it indicates electronic books (eBooks).


You can also limit your search from the beginning, by searching only for a specific format. To do this:


  1. Search for an item using Keyword Search or Advanced Search. (You can't limit a Browse Lists search to a specific format.)

  2. In the Format box, select a specific format. For example, to view results for eBooks only, select “eBooks.”

  3. Click Search. The results list will only include items in the format you selected.

How can I find out if my library has an item I'm looking for?

  1. Search for an item using Keyword Search, Browse Lists, or Advanced Search.

  2. In the At box, select your college/campus library.

  3. If your library has the item, it will appear in the results list. Click the college/campus link to see the item's location and availability.


How can I find out whether an item is available to check out?

  1. Search for the item on the main search screen.

  2. In the Results list, click the college/campus link to find out where the item is located and whether it is available for check out.

How can I request an item that is already checked out or is only available at another library?

  1. If the item is already checked out, click the Request link.

  2. Complete the form that appears. Your library will contact you when the item is available.

What advanced search options are available?

You can use a variety of search methods to narrow or broaden your results, including limiting, exact phrase, Boolean operators, truncation, wildcards, and proximity searching. See the Advanced Help section for more information. You can also use LINCCWeb's Advanced Search and Expert Search.


Advanced Search is a more extensive version of the Keyword Search that allows you to combine search fields and select built-in Boolean operators. Expert Search gives you access to two additional search types: Numeric Search and Command Search. Numeric Search allows you to search for an item by using an item-specific number such as a call number or ISBN. Command Search is a complex search option (generally used by librarians) that allows you to use Common Command Language Code to search the library catalog.


Refer to Advanced Search Screens for more information and instructions on using each of these searches.


What is my Borrower ID and PIN/Password? Do I need to log in to use LINCCWeb?

Your Borrower ID and PIN/password, assigned by your college library, give you access to extended features in LINCCWeb including requesting library items, searching for articles in online databases, and checking your account status. Once you log in, any items you've added to your Bookbag will still be there next time you log in.


Before using LINCCWeb for the first time, or if you have trouble logging in, ask your librarian to verify your Borrower ID and PIN/password. Once you've logged in, you can click "My Account" to change your PIN/password.


Can I change my PIN/password or reset a forgotten PIN/password?

Log in to your account to change your PIN/password. To reset a forgotten PIN/password, go to the log in screen and follow the instructions provided.


How do I check my library account through LINCCWeb?

Click "My Account" to renew items, cancel requests, view checked out items, and view any outstanding fines. Be sure to click "End Session" and close the browser window to protect your privacy when you're done.


What if I misspell a word? Will LINCCWeb make a spelling suggestion?

The catalog search looks for the exact spelling of the words you enter, so be sure to double check your spelling if the results aren't quite what you expected. LINCCWeb won’t correct your spelling or make spelling suggestions.


If you aren't sure about the ending of a word, or if you want to find results with variations of the word, you can use truncation or wildcards, which replace a letter in the word with a symbol that tells LINCCWeb to look for variations of the word.


What are eBooks? Do I have to check eBooks out from the library?

eBooks are electronic versions of printed books. You can read eBooks online for research and reference. eBooks included in LINCCWeb cover a wide range of subject areas, from literature and business to academic subjects, such as algebra. Your library may offer additional eBooks in the collection.


To search for eBooks, just select eBooks in the Format box of the Keyword and Advanced search screens. Enter the rest of your search requirements and click Search. Since eBooks are available in electronic format online, they're available at your convenience - anytime, anywhere. eBooks are available online in fifteen minute increments - just click anywhere on the eBook screen within fifteen minutes to keep the book open on the screen.


What is the difference between searching for library materials and searching databases?

Searching the catalog allows you to find the location and availability of books and other materials in your local college library or in other community college libraries throughout Florida. Once you've found an item you're interested in, write down or print the call number and locate the item on the library shelf. If an item is not available, you can use LINCCWeb to request the item from the library. You can also e-mail and download your search results.


Searching electronic databases gives you immediate online access to articles, journals, and newspapers. Many databases include the full text of articles that can be read online and printed, downloaded, e-mailed, or saved. You can access electronic databases by clicking Go to Databases at the top left portion of the screen (you’ll need to enter your Borrower ID and PIN). Specific database help is provided on the database search screens.