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How to Use BLINK

BLINK is an online catalog that provides information about the books, media programs, and periodical subscriptions owned by the Johnnie Mae Berry Library. From the Library page on the Cincinnati State website, click on BLINK.

How to Search

There are a number of ways to search for information. When you click on BLINK, the screen will automatically be set for a "keyword" search. This is the broadest possible search. It will look for the words you type as author, title, or subject. It will also look for your words in descriptions and table of contents, so you will find some items that have just a chapter or section on your topic.

If you are look for a particular author or title, or if you want to search subject headings to find books primarily about your topic, click a button to choose one of these searches. Each screen will give you additional instructions, and give examples. You do not need to use capital letters to search. In fact, when you are searching online databases, frequently small letters are a better way to search.

When you find the record for a book or other item in BLINK, notice that you get the location, call number and status of the item. If the item is not available for check out, or if the Library doesn't have the item you are looking for, click on the "Search OhioLINK" button at the top of the screen and you will automatically look for your item at other libraries throughout Ohio. When you find the record for the item you would like, click the link to "Request this item" and you'll ask to borrow things from other libraries.


BLINK contains excellent Help screens, accessed by clicking the "Help" button at the top of the screen.

Your Library Record

You can look at your own Library record by clicking the "My Account" button at the top of the screen. Through "My Account," you can see lists of items checked out and their due dates, see if your OhioLINK Books have arrived from the other libraries, and request renewals of items you'd like to keep longer. You can request that the computer keep a record of the books you checked out (this information will be available only to you; other people will not be able to access it) or to alert you when the Library receives new books on your subject.


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