How to find resources in the POSOH Digital Library

All resources created by the POSOH Project or used to create the POSOH Project are available to view without a login; however, in order to add a comment to a resource, the user needs to have a login and password.

To become an authenticated user, click on the “Log In” tab. Then click on “Create new account”. Fill out your information – “Group membership” is not necessary – and click on the “Create new account” button. The site administrator will review your request within 48 hours.

Options for Browsing & Searching the POSOH Digital Library

Browse by Collection

To browse by Collection, either click on the “Browse Collections” tab and choose a collection, or click on the “Search & Browse Library” tab and then choose a collection from the right hand column under the “Collection” section. Once a collection is chosen, all items that are a part of the collection will show on the left side of your screen. From here, you can browse through the items and choose which one(s) you would like to see closer by clicking on the title of the item. If this is done from the “Search & Browse Library” tab, you can winnow your browsing down further by choosing a Community, Category, Subject, and/or Resource Type.

The “Additional Act 31 Resources” Collection items contain links to a full record for the item found on WorldCat.org. Each item also gives the ISBN if there is one for that item, so that you can look the item up on your local library website and check out the physical copy if it is available. These are resources that were used in the POSOH Project to create curricula, but were not created by the POSOH Project, so we are not able to display the entire resource in all cases.

Search & Browse Library

To search and browse the entire digital library, click on the “Search & Browse Library” tab. On this page, you will see the full list of items found in the digital library on the left side of the page. You can scan through this list and look closer at an item by clicking on the title of the item. As more resources are added to the digital library, this option will become more time consuming, so there are two other ways to find a resource.

You can use the search bar on the right side of the screen. This search bar will search title and keyword. At this time, the items you will find using this option are slightly limited. Using the checklists below the search bar might be a better option if you are having difficulty finding items using the search bar.

As explained in the “Browse by Collection” section, the right side of the “Search & Browse Library” page contains lists that you can choose from in order to find a resource. The options here are Collection, Community, Category, Subject, and Resource Type. You can choose options from more than one list and more than one option within each list. When you choose an option within a list, the list will narrow to show you what options are available within the option you have chosen. For instance, if you choose the “POSOH Instructional Aids” option under the “Category” list, the options under each list narrow. If you then check the “Agriculture” box under “Subject”, there will be one item listed on the left side of the screen.

If you would like to start a fresh search, click “Reset” under the search bar on the right side of the screen.