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Using Franklin Catalog

What they are and how they work

Limits are predefined categories of information and the values within those categories. Limits display on the left of the Franklin Catalog search screen.

Available limits are:

  • Access
  • Record Source (currently includes University of Penn holdings and the HathiTrust record.)
  • Format
  • Author/Creator,
  • Subject
  • Language
  • Library
  • Specific Location (within the various Libraries)
  • Publication Date (grouped by decade)
  • Classification (LC Class Number)
  • Form/Genre (Currently only videorecordings are included in the Form/Genre limit.)
  • Recently Added. 

When to Use Limits

  • Limits may be used before or after a search is executed.

How to Use Limits

  • Limits originally display by frequency. To see all values for a given limit, click on "more..."  in that limit's box. Choose the A-Z Sort button to resort the limit values alphabetically. 
  • To use Limits, click on a value in a limit box. This will bring up all the items in the Franklin Catalog that share that characteristic.
  • Each selected limit will be displayed at the top of the page, following the phrase "You searched for."
  • Limits are retained ("sticky") until removed or the Start Over button is selected.
  • To remove a selected limit from a search, click the X next to that limit in the You Searched For: details at the top of the page. The search will immediately execute without the limit. Choosing Start Over will also remove limits in use.
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