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How to Search LION

You can search LION by using any combination of keywords, phrases, subjects, or author names to find what you are looking for, and LION will retrieve the most "relevant" results that match your search criteria. For example, if you search for the word "king", the results list would include books about the King of England, books written by Stephen King, books with Martin Luther King, Jr. in the title, etc. Once your results are displayed, you will have the option to further refine the results of your search. LION offers a couple of tools to assist you with this.

Searching your school's catalog

The LION catalog includes materials from library collections at every school in DPS. There are several ways to search only for materials at your school though:

From the LION homepage

If you are on LION's homepage, you can search just your school's collection using the drop-down list in the form. If you are in your building, your school's name should already be selected. If you are at home, you can manually select it from the list:

Search from the LION homepage

From your school's catalog page

Each school has their own catalog page within LION. You can get to your school's page from the LION homepage by clicking on the list of schools icon from the horizontal menu and choosing your collection:

List of schools link

Once you have selected your school from the list you will be taken to a customized catalog page for your school that allows you to search just for your materials. Your school's catalog page also shows what ebook collections are available to you and which online databases are most popular at your school.

Refining Your Search

You can refine your catalog searches by using the facets in the search results:

Refine Using Facets

LION's facets help you refine your search by limiting the results according to the characteristics you choose. They can be found along the left side of the search results page.

Facets

Click a facet value to refine your search results list to just those materials that match the value. Remove an applied facet from your search by clicking the 'X' icon that appears next to its name. Depending on the results of your search, you can choose from some or all of the following facet types:


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Online Databases

Library Services purchases numerous subscriptions to online databases which are made available to staff and students though LION. The list of databases changes each year, and there are frequently trials of new databases available in the spring. To see the current list of databases, click here

You can view the databases either in a grid or as a list. By default they are sorted by popularity at your school. You can also sort them by title, subject, and grade range- and filter them by subject and grade range.

Filters and Sorting
expanded Filters and Sorting

In the grid view, you can view more information about a database by hovering on the picture and clicking the "i" button:

Database details

In the list view, you can view more information by clicking on the "info" link on the right:

More info link

Logging in

If you are trying to access the databases at your school, you should not need to log in. Please contact your librarian if you are prompted to log in while at your school.

When you try to access the databases from home, you will need to verify that you are either a DPS student or staff member.

login screen

All patrons will need to enter their last name. Students will then enter their 6-digit student ID numbers. (Ask your librarian if you don't know your ID number.) Teachers and other staff members will instead need to enter their 9-digit DPS employee ID number.

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Ebooks

OverDrive

overview:

OverDrive is a digital collection of ebooks and e-audiobooks. It can be accessed in school or at home by going to http://dpsk12.lib.OverDrive.com on any device with an internet connect (e.g. computers, tablets, phones, etc.)

logging in:

  • staff: use your normal district credentials (i.e. what you use for webmail, Lawson, etc.)
  • students: the username is your 6-digit Student ID Number, and the password is your birth-date in mmddyyyy format (e.g., January 1, 2001 = 01012001)

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Follett Shelf

overview:

Follett Shelf is a digital collection of ebooks for elementary and K8 schools. It can be accessed in school or at home by going to your school's catalog page and then clicking on the ebooks link in the "e resources" section.

logging in:

  • staff: use your staff ID# for both the username and password
  • students: use your student ID# for both the username and password

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Rosen

overview:

Rosen ebooks are a special collection of digital resources found within Follett Shelf built on Common Core standards. They can be accessed in school or at home by going to your school's catalog page and then clicking on the ebooks link in the "e resources" section. Then click on the Follett Shelf icon when you see the gallery of available ebook providers. Once in Follett Shelf, mouse over "Collections" and click on "Digital Resource Links" to see the option for Rosen Interactive eBooks. These books use Flash so they will not work on iPads or iPhones.

logging in:

  • staff: use your staff ID# for both the username and password
  • students: use your student ID# for both the username and password

guides:

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