Using the Catalog Ms. Smith Mrs. Sutherland Clam Shell Elementary School
What is our library catalog? The catalog is a computer program that contains information about all the books and materials available in The Clam Shell School Library.
Entering text in catalog 1. Capital letters? not necessary! Example: Diary of a Wimpy Kid OR diary of a wimpy kid
Entering text in the catalog 2. The words “The”, “A” or “And” not necessary ! Example: Secret Garden for The Secret Garden
Entering text in the catalog 3. Punctuation ? - necessary! Example: Charlotte’s Web not Charlottes Web
Entering text in catalog 4. Always use correct spelling Example: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing NOT Tails of a Forth Graid Nothing
3 Ways to Search 1.Author 2. Title 3. Subject
Title Search Used when person knows specific title of book example: Chasing Lincoln’s Killer
Subject Search Use to find books on a specific topic example: Justin Beiber
Author Search Favorite author example: “I really liked Fourth Grade Rats, I wonder if Jerry Spinelli has written other books?” Know author, but not title example: “My friend had a book by Rick Riordan, but I don’t remember what it was called.”
What does the catalog tell us? Title Author Illustrator Call number Copyright date Publisher City of publication Number of pages Availability (Is book here or did someone check it out?)
Essential Question Howare library catalogs helpful to users?