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Searching the Physical Collections - Direct Borrowing
Now that we've expanded the catalog parameters to all USMAI campuses, let's conduct a sample search in catalogusmai using the subject 'home schooling' to see what materials are available.

STEP 5: Type the words 'home schooling' in the "enter word/s to search" field (#5 below).
STEP 6: From the drop-down box in the "search for words in..." field, choose the appropriate type of
           search, in this case you may choose 'subject' or you may leave this as 'all fields' (#6 below).
STEP 7: From the drop-down box in the "search as..." field, you may choose to search as 'words' or as
           a 'two word phrase' (#7 below).

On the results screen below, notice that we've found 90 items!

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Next, let's learn how to place an electronic request through the catalog for one of these 90 items. 

STEP 8: Say we want item #4 from our results list, the book The Well-trained Mind: a guide to classical education at home, which is owed only by UMCP (University of Maryland College Park).  From the brief record view, simply click the 'UMCP-McKeldin-Library(1/0)' link on the location line (#8 below).

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STEP 9: This will open an availability view, from which you must click the Request Button image button.

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