Saskatoon Public Library In-House Databases Frequently Asked Questions
 
Why do I get Java Script errors?
How up-to-date is the information in the databases?
How do I print a report?
Is it possible to print out the entire Saskatoon Directory of Community Information database?
Are reports displayed (sorted) in any particular order?
How do I search for a person's name in the Saskatoon Obituary Index (or other databases)?
How may I obtain a copy of an article / obituary that I have found listed in the Saskatoon Newspaper Index / Saskatoon Obituary Index?
 
Q: Why do I get Java Script errors?
 
A: This site, as well as our home page, is best viewed using Internet Explorer 4 or higher, or Netscape 4 or higher (newest versions of these applications are best). Most features on our site will work with older versions of these applications, but versions 5 or higher are preferred.
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Q: How up-to-date is the information in the databases?
 
A: The information that you see is the most up-to-date information that the library has. Occasional delays in data entry may occur.
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Q: How do I print a report?
 
A: To print a report, click on your browser's PRINT button.
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Q: Is it possible to print out the entire Saskatoon Directory of Community Information database?
 
A: Yes it is, but you will need plenty of paper and lots of ink! Also the information that you print out could be out-of-date shortly - it may be better to bookmark the site in your browser and perform the search again to always get the most up-to-date information.

If you wish to print out the entire directory these are the steps to follow:

1. In the "Name of organization / club / agency" field type an asterisk, "*". Press the Enter Key or the click on the Submit Query button. This search will display ALL the information in that field.
2. Organizations are displayed alphabetically by name with 20 complete records at a time. Click on your browser's PRINT button.
3. Click on the Next 20 Records button, and then on the PRINT button.
4. Continue with step 3 until you reach the end of the listings.

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Q: Are reports displayed (sorted) in any particular order?
 
A: Yes. Below is a listing of how the reports are sorted:
Database Name Sort Order - by
Government Publications at the Library Author, then Title, then Date, then Level
How Novel! Canadian Young Adult Literature Author, then Title
Legal Pamphlets at the Library Title
Picture Books Story Time Themes Subject, then Type of Material, then Title
Saskatchewan Art Exhibition Catalogues at the Library Title
Saskatoon Directory of Community Information Name (of organization)
Saskatoon Newspaper Index Date (reverse order), then Title (of article)
Saskatoon Obituary Index Name, then Date
Serials at the Library Title
Sheet Music at the Library Song Title, then Title of Book
Special Loan Informational Videos and DVDs at the Library Title
Telephone Directories at the Library Name (of directory), then Provincial abbreviation
Local History Databases . . .  
Collections Collection, then Series, then File then Local History Room ID Number
LH Serials Title
Saskatchewan Community History Books Town
Saskatoon Obituary Index Name, then Date
Special Newspapers and Clippings Index Date, then Title
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Q: How do I search for a person's name in the Saskatoon Obituary Index (or other databases)?
 
A: Search by LAST NAME FIRST NAME.

Smith John (least number of results)
or
Smith & John (moderate number of results)
or
Smith J* (high number of results)
or
Smith & J* (maximum number of results)

Also, you may type in a "nick" name:

Rusty
or
Smith & Rusty

Please note that in the Saskatoon Obituary Index names have been entered as they appeared in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix.

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Q: How may I obtain a copy of an article / obituary that I have found listed in the Saskatoon Newspaper Index / Saskatoon Obituary Index?
 
A:For information about finding and requesting obituaries, including the fee schedule, click here.
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