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Oline Library: My Library Account: Basic Skills

How to use the Mobius / Swan Library Catalog


When you search by Title or Subject:

  1. Click the "Limit/Sort Search" button at the top of the screen
  2. Select the checkbox at the bottom next to "Sort Results by Year"
  3. Click submit.


If Drury doesn't have what your looking for and you find it at the SWAN / MOBIUS level you can place a Request. See the Requesting tab for more information.

If it is not available at the MOBIUS level then try Interlibrary Loan.


Establish a PIN (Personal Identification Number).  This can be letters, numbers, or a combination of both.  You may use between 1-8 characters.  Examples:  SciFi22, 384726

You will be asked twice more to enter a new PIN.  This is the system asking you to repeat the same PIN you just created.

Forgot your pin?? call the circulation desk.  Because of encryption, library staff cannot see your PIN, so they can delete and create a new one.

Basic Skills

You can start your search at the DRURY, SWAN or MOBIUS level. Our suggestion is to start your search at your institution.

From here, you have several search options:

  1. Type some search terms or a phrase into the main search box and click 'search.' (Keyword search.)
    • This search will look for those words anywhere in the record.
    • More words will result in fewer results.
    • This search may take a few seconds, because the catalog looks everywhere for your words.
  2. Click any of the other types of searches (or use the drop-down menu before the search box):
    • AUTHOR: Looks for works by a specific author, organization, composer, artist, etc.
      • Type the author's LAST NAME first (for example: Austen, Jane).
    • TITLE: Looks for a specific work (book, movie, music recording, etc.).
    • JOURNAL TITLE: Looks for a specific journal, magazine, or newspaper.
    • AUTHOR & TITLE: Use this to find a specific work if you get too many results just searching by title.
    • SUBJECT: Looks for all items on a specific topic.  For this search, your search terms need to match pre-assigned subjects (either Library of Congress Subject Headings or Medical Subject Headings). Try entering a word to describe your person (last name first), place, topic or event to get a list of the designated subjects. Then, click a subject heading to bring up a list of items (try searching Kansas City as an example). If you can't find a subject, do a keyword search from the MERLIN homepage to get started.  When you find an item of interest, check its record to see the subjects assigned.
    • NUMBERS: Looks for items by ISSN, ISBN, Library of Congress call number (used at Miller Nichols Library), National Library of Medicine call number (used at the Dental and Health Sciences Libraries), OCLC Number, or other numbers.

If you get too many results, try the Advanced Keyword Search option to  limit your results by year, location, material type, etc.

If you don't find what you need, try expanding your search to the SWAN / MOBIUS level. 

Preferred Searches & Email Notification

  • Preferred Searches allows users to choose to receive email notification for new items. (Examples: a new DVD on Ansel Adams; books by J.K. Rowling; compact discs of Mozart sonatas).
  • In order to benefit from the notification feature, patrons must enter their email address, and should check it periodically for accuracy.
  • Patrons can edit their search strategies and enable/disable notifications.
    • Mark individual searches for removal
    • Mark to remove all searches
    • Mark for email notification (sends an email notice when items are added to the collection which meet the previously established search criteria)

More on Searching

Because your institution is one member of a group of libraries, you must be keenly aware of which collection you are searching. For example, saving a search while in the SBU catalog means alerts will be limited to SBU material.

  • If you save a search while looking at All Locations (the default), alerts will include materials processed by MSSU, Drury, etc. This is very helpful if you are looking for new book material on a subject, because you can borrow most of these items through SWAN.
  • If you are looking for media items, you will want to limit your search to your local catalog, because media material cannot be borrowed through SWAN.