Search the Library (Basic Search)
What do I enter in the Find box?
To start searching, you must enter either a complete word or a phrase (in quotes) and click a search button.
You can use uppercase or lowercase letters
Searches are not case sensitive. For example, searches for give yourself goosebumps, Give YourSelf GooseBumpS, and GIVE YOURSELF GOOSEBUMPS all return the same results.
You can use wildcards
If you do not know the complete word, or are not sure how to spell it, add an asterisk (*) to the end of what you do know. An asterisk can replace any number of letters at the end of a word. However, the * cannot be used as a word's first or second letter or have any letters after it.
You could use a question mark (?) to replace a single letter. You can use more than one question mark in a word, but it cannot be the first or last letter.
You can also use a question mark to find multiple forms of a word. A search for wom?n finds both woman and women.
If you want to find a certain phrase, put quotation marks around it. For example, type "children's poetry" or "magic school bus".
Be aware that Destiny treats some words differently
Destiny ignores certain words, called stop words, in search terms. If you need to include stop words in your search term, switch to the Power tab, enter the term with the stop words, and select Starts with.
Depending on your library's preference, Destiny also may ignore leading articles such as A, An, Los, The, and Un. You can leave them out of your search term.
If the title begins with an A that is not a leading article, such as A, my name is Ami or G is for Galaxy, put quotation marks around the title.
You can leave out the punctuation
Destiny ignores the punctuation in a search term.
You can use Boolean operators
You can create a search phrase from several distinct words or terms with Boolean operators between them. These operators—AND, OR, NOT—define the relationship between the words or phrases in your search term. Make sure to enter those using uppercase letters:
Keep in mind that AND narrows a search, giving you fewer results; OR expands a search, giving you more results.
If you misspell a word
If you misspell a search word, or Destiny cannot find your word, Destiny asks you, Did you mean...?. If Destiny's word is correct—if it is the word you want—click the word to see the search results. If not, click Refine your search and try again.
How do I know which search button to use?
If you are not sure when or how to use the different search options, see these examples:
Searching by Keyword
When you enter a word or term and click Keyword, Destiny returns a list of items with that word almost anywhere in the record.
The Keyword Search is best used when you have a complex search term that contains keywords from more than one of the other searches (author, title, subject, or series).
Searching for Goosebumps AND Stine AND legend (series and author and title keywords) results in just Legend of the lost legend by R. L. Stine. Had you just searched on just one of those three words, your results list may have been quite long. (There are about 100 books in the Goosebumps series, several authors named Stine, and dozens of books with legend in the title.)
To search for all items with the word west, type west and click Keyword.
If the list is too large, enter a more specific term or choose another search type.
Searching for a title
Click here for details
When you enter a word or term and click Title, you get a list of items with that word anywhere in the title.
For example, to search for all items with the word west in the title, type west and click Title.
The Search Results list could include items like these:
Searching for an author
If you know the author of a book, and want to find others written by the same one, enter all or part of the name and click Author.
For example, if you type west and click Author, you would get items with that word anywhere in the author's name, like these:
Author and illustrator names are stored in similar places in the records, so you can search for items illustrated by particular person using the same steps.
Searching for a subject
If you want to find items about a certain subject, topic, person, or place, enter all or part of it and click Subject.
For example, if you type west and click Subject, you would get items with that word anywhere in the list of their subjects, like these:
Searching for a series
If you enjoyed a book that belongs to a series, like Goosebumps or The Baby-Sitters Club, and want to find books in the same series, enter all or part of the series name, and click Series.
For example, if you type west and click Series, you would get items with that word anywhere in the series name, like these:
How do I Limit My Basic Search?
In Basic you can narrow your search by doing any or all of the following:
How do I include One Search?
For One Search to appear in your search results, Destiny must have preset selected databases. See Set Up One Search.
If One Search™ is enabled, searches conducted without limiters (Material Type and Reading Programs) include all databases that have been set up.
To include One Search in a Basic search
note When limiters are selected, online databases are excluded from the search.
What are stop words?
These words are so common that searching on them is not productive. To save time, Destiny ignores them when they are used in Basic and Power searches. You can leave them out of your search term.
Destiny provides the following stop words. Your library may have a different list.
How are my search results organized?
There are tabs for different types of materials:
You can add any of these materials and resources to a Resource List. They appear on separate tabs there, too.
What if my Search Results list is too long? How do I find just what I want?
If your Search Results list is too large, refine your search, using a more exact term. By default, Destiny only returns things that include all your words.
If the Search Results list is still too long, or does not contain what you want, try the Power Search.
What if my Search Results list is too short? How do I find more?
If you get too few results, you can either refine your search or browse through a list of library materials.
You can refine your search using some of these methods:
You could browse through a list: Just click browse subjects. Depending on the button you clicked, it might be browse titles, browse authors, browse series, or browse subjects. You will not have a browse link if your search included limiters.
Can I just start over?
To erase your search term and any limiters you have set, just click Reset All next to the Find box.
What do See and See Also mean?
These are cross-references. If your library has them, you may see them when browsing. Your library uses them to point you to the correct term or to more information.
See means that the search term you used is listed under a different name.
See also means that, while your search term is correct, there are other topics containing related or additional information that may be useful to you.
What are the Top 10?
These are the books that have been checked out the most in the last month. You can click Top 10 to see the list of the top ten titles for your library.
How do I look up my old searches?
You can look up and repeat any previous searches you performed by clicking My searches.
On the Search History page that appears, you can redo any search by clicking its name.
You will not see My searches until you perform at least one search.
How do I use my Resource List?
With your List, you can create and print a customized list of your search results. This can be useful when doing research and for finding the books on the shelves.
If you do not want to make a custom list, you can print out the entire Search Results list by clicking Printable and then using your browser's Print option.
Search eBooks and audiobooks (non-Follett and Follett)
Library Manager shows the material type Sound Recording (non-musical) for audiobooks. Destiny Discover
note If you are not logged in, log in when the Destiny Discover pop-up appears.
The Search Results page features the following eBook-related enhancements:
note In the Elementary interface, the Open button appears in Search Results and in Title Details page.
The Open button for all eBooks and the elimination of No copies in your Search Results makes searching and accessing eBooks easier. The ability to search for and access publisher‐hosted content in Destiny without signing in again allows students to access interactive content for classroom activities alongside your other library resources.
Follett Digital Integration
After you successfully complete the Follett Digital integration, you can:
Destiny v16.5 Help includes the most recent product updates. For details, see What's New in Destiny Version 16.5.