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My Portal: Guide to Preferences

From My Portal, you can save your own search preferences. The next time you log on and begin your search, it will be customized to your needs.

Sign On

Click Thomas Jefferson Portal. Click on My Portal at the top of the screen, and log in using your patron barcode (on the back of your library card) and last name.

Search Type

You can specify the type of search you use most often:

Simple Search

If you select Simple Search, you may choose from the drop-down menu to the right what type of Simple Search you prefer to use: Boolean Relevance, Title Keyword, etc.

Advanced Search

If you prefer to use the Advanced Search options, select here.

Course Reserve

If you deal mostly with Course Reserves, select here and choose your desired course/instructor/department from the drop-down menus on the right.

Records per Page

Choose how many records you want to see per page after you run a search:

10 records/20 records/25 records/50 records.


By default, you will search only in the Thomas Jefferson Library's holdings. However, you may also set the Portal to search the library holdings of:

  • University of Virginia
  • Library of Congress
  • Massachusetts Historical Society

The Portal can search all of these library catalogs simultaneously; hold down Ctrl while selecting which libraries to search to select multiple libraries.

Save/Clear Settings

Click Save after you choose your settings. The next time you log into My Portal and click Search, all of the options will be as you specified here.

Click Clear to start over.


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