How to use Argos


Searching is very easy with the library's Argos search box! Just enter one or more words and hit enter. You'll get results that contain all of your search terms automatically - if you're familiar with Boolean searching, this means all of your search terms effectively have "AND" between them. 

There are a lot of other ways to search the library's resources! You can:

Search for a phrase
To search for a phrase, put it within quotation marks. If you don't use quotation marks, the system will search for those words individually, not next to each other.

Search for multiple words or phrases
Not sure what terms to use? You can search for resources that contain any (not all) of your search terms using "OR". You'll get results that contain either of your words/phrases.

Exclude words or phrases from your search results
You can remove certain words or phrases from your search results by using "NOT". Any results containing the word or phrase you've put after "NOT" won't be shown, so be careful when using "NOT"!

Search using wildcards
You can use wildcards to search for variations on words and phrases. For example:
  • ? — enter a question mark to perform a single character wildcard search. For example, type wom?n to search for records that contain the strings womanwomen, and so forth.
  • * —enter an asterisk to perform a multiple character wildcard search. For example, type cultur* to search for records that contain strings, such as culturecultural, and culturally.
Note that the system ignores wildcard characters placed at the beginning of search terms. For example, the system treats the search terms ?aying and *aying as if you had searched for aying.

Group terms within a search
You can use parentheses to group terms within a query. For example, to search for Shakespeare and either tragedy or sonnet, type the following in the search box:

Change the scope of your search
If you want to search a specific set of items (reserves, catalog, etc), you can change where you're searching. You can do this before you search by clicking the down arrow in the search box from the library's main page:

You can also change your scope on a results screen by clicking the down arrow in the search box.



The Browse search option allows you to browse library material in order to find relevant information quickly. You can browse material by author, title, and subject. "Browse" can be found either on the upper-right corner of the initial search page or just under the search box on any result page.

You can also access the browse function within a results screen, by clicking "Browse" in the upper right hand corner:

In the results, you can click any entry to see its associated records. It is also possible to browse by call number, which returns a list of associated records in brief format. Clicking a title displays its full record. 


Using My Shelf

When you sign in, you can save and organize items as "favorites". To use "my favorites", first login, either through the main library page (select "Accounts" from the upper right hand and choose "Library Account") or after performing a search (click "Guest" in the upper right hand corner). 

Saving items to My Shelf

When you've found an item you want to save, click on the pin icon in the upper right corner of the record:

When added to your shelf, the pin will be crossed out. To remove an item from your shelf, just click the pin again. 

Saving Searches 

If you've found particular searches to be successful, you can save them by clicking "Save Search" on the results page.

This will allow you to re-run that search later, which may bring up new results. 

If you save the search, you'll have the option to set up alerts. If you set up an alert, the system will periodically re-run your search terms and email you if there are any new results. To view your saved searches, go to "My favorites" and select the "Saved Searches" tab. From this tab you can re-run searches by clicking on them them, edit alerts by clicking the bell icon, or delete your searches by clicking the pin icon.


Looking at items

From the results page, you can get more information about items by clicking on them. You'll get different information depending on the type of item. Navigate through any record using the menu on the left of each record:

When you click on a book, the item availability and call number will be under the title, as will the option to text yourself the call number. The "Send to" menu allows you to get a citation for the book, a permanent link to the record, or to print or email the record. 

Further under the "Get It" section you will see a map of the library with the item's location described and  marked.

By scrolling down or selecting "Details" from the meny on the left of the record, you can get more information about the book, including subjects.

Scrolling down more or clicking "Browse" on the left shows which books are shelved around the title you're looking at:

Ebook records are just like book records, except instead of a call number they'll have a link to the book:

When looking at the record for an article, you have a couple of choices. You can either click "Full text available" under the title or "Link to Online Resource" under "View Online". "Details" will give you information about the article, including the author, subject terms, and source.


Search Argos

Why sign in?

Signing in is important! When you sign in, you'll see a more complete list of results. But that's not all! If you sign in, you can also:
  • Set preferences for your current and future sessions. You can set your preferences so that they reflect the way you usually search, and save them for future sessions.
  • Add items you found and searches you submitted permanently to your shelf. Saved searches can be re-run at any time.
  • Set alerts for your saved searches. You can set a search to become an alert, that is, to run automatically and send you email notification once it locates new items answering your search criteria.
  • Use library services. You can benefit from library services such as requesting or recalling items and seeing the due dates of items you have checked out.
  • Tag and review items. You can assign words or phrases to items to help you organize and locate items later. Since tags are made public, other users can view your tags and use them. Additionally, you can review items to share your opinions with others.

Managing items in My Shelf

Once you've placed items on your shelf, there are a few things you can do to them:

Managing folders in My Shelf

You can use folders to organize the items on your shelf. Here are some things you can do to folders:

Not seeing what you need?

If you have more questions about using Ithaca College Library's search, check our Frequently Asked Questions page, or Ask A Librarian.

If you prefer, you can also search the catalog directly. Note that your results will be limited to books and audiovisual materials.