Destiny - AMS Library Catalog

  •                        Welcome to Destiny
                                    Search the AMS online catalog from any computer or device.

    Click and the icon below and search the online catalog.

    List All Members
                           
    How to Log in:
    • Click on Library on left side of page.
    • Click on Destiny on left side of page.
    • Click on Amesbury Middle School (in blue).
    • Click on  Log in, in the upper right hand corner of page.
    • Type your student ID number to log in (for both username and password)
    • Click Log in.
    How to Log in as a Guest:
    • Click on Library on left side of page.
    • Click on Destiny on left side of page.
    • Click on Amesbury Middle School (in blue).
    • Click on Catalog tab
    (The guest log in willl only allow you to search the online catalog, access Destiny Quest, WebPath Express, and Resource Lists which are public. You may also read reviews written by other library patrons.)

    What can you do on Destiny?
    • Search for library materials or websites
    • Renew library books
    • Compose and post reviews of books and other library materials
    • Recommend books to friends
    • Place hold on books
    • Access your own saved Resource Lists
    • Check your My Info Page
    Library Basic Search

    Basic Search is the default search mode.  A Basic search lets you use simple search terms or phrases to find materials and set limiters to narrow your search results. You can change your search mode to Power Search or Visual Search.


    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.  This is best when you only know part of the title. 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).  For example, searching for Willy Wonka AND Dahl (title and author keywords) gets this result:  Charlie and the great glass elevator: the further adventures of Charlie Bucket and Willy Wonka, chocolate-maker extraordinary by Roald Dahl. 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
    With such a common word, the Search Results list would probably be very long. It could include items like these:

    • Faster than a horse : moving West with engine power by Suzanne Hilton 
      (The title has West in it.)
    • West Virginia by Wende Fazio 
      (The title begins with West.)
    • West Side story 
      (The title begins with West.)
    • The friendly persuasion by Jessamyn West 
      (The author's name is West.)
    • Thrilling events : the life of Henry Starr 
      (The book is about outlaws in the Old West.)
    • Anansi does the impossible! : an Ashanti tale retold by Verna Aardema 
      (The story takes place in West Africa.)
    • The Gunfighters by Paul Trachtman 
      (The book belongs to the series, The Old West.)

    If the list is too large, enter a more specific term or choose another search type.

    Title

    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 clickTitle.

    The Search Results list could include items like these:

    • Faster than a horse : moving West with engine power by Suzanne Hilton 
      (The title has West in it.)
    • West Virginia by Wende Fazio 
      (The title begins with West.)
    • West Side story 
      (The title begins with West.)
    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:

    • The friendly persuasion by Jessamyn West
    • The World almanac of presidential campaigns by Eileen Shields-West.
    • After the fact : the art of historical detection by James West Davidson and Mark Hamilton Lytle

    For example, if you type west and click Author, you would get items with that word anywhere in the author's name, like these.


    Subject  

    If  you want to find items about a certain subject, topic, person, or place, enter all or part of it and click Subject.  Make sure to use the plural form, if your search term has one, instead of the singular. Enter flies instead of fly or lions instead of lion.

    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:

    • A treasury of western folklore 
      (The book is about folklore in the U.S. West.)
    • The silk and spice routes by Struan Reid 
      (The book is about trade routes between the Far East and the West.)
    • Lewis and Clark : voyage of discovery by Stephen E. Ambrose 
      (The book is about their expedition in western America.)
    • Nathanael West; the art of his life by Jay Martin 
      (The book is a biography of Nathanael West.)



    Other Catalog Features

    Destiny Quest
    Destiny Quest is a very user-friendly interface allowing you to view newly added books and materials, read book summaries and reviews, view Top 10 library titles, create your own resource lists, create book online book discussions and more. 


    Universal Search
    Find all available library materials, including books, e-books, websites and digital resources using Universal Search. 


    WebPath Express
    WebPath Express is a collection of reliable websites organized by subject. Each site includes a brief description of site content as well as grade level. Searching WebPath Express is similar to searching by subject in the library catalog. You can also browse by subject. 


    Resource Lists
    Create your own lists of materials for later use, such as for a project. You may also view public lists. 

    Top Ten
    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.  For more information about any of them, click its Details.


    Finding books and materials in the Library


    The call number of a book will tell you where it is located in the library. The call number is located on the spine label of a book.

    As a rule, Fiction (material that describes imaginary events and people) is shelved alphabetically by author's last name. Example: The call number on the spine label of a fiction book such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl would look like this:

     F
     DAH


    Non-fiction (factual information, real events and real people) is organized according to the Dewey Decimal System. The call number on a spine label of a non-fiction book on cooking with chocolate ("Cooking the Austrian Way" by Helga Hughes) would look like this: 

     641.594
     HUG

    The Dewey Decimal System

    Now sit back and enjoy the Dewey Rap.




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