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The online library catalogue is a website with information about everything you can find in the Library and where to find it. It looks a bit like Google, but it works slightly different, it has its own specific rules and functions.
To access LRC Catalogue Online (called Heritage) go to Student Portal and click on link to LRC Portal:
To search catalogue put your search term in the search box on the right side of page (Simple Search) or click on Advanced Search.
You will save a lot of time and get better results if you
spend a while thinking about what you want to find.
If you are interested in how nutrition affects sport performance, take a piece of paper and pen, and write a list of words and phrases relevant to your topic – keywords. For example: nutrition, nutrients, proteins, exercise, energy… Think about similar words, e.g. food and nutrition. These are your search terms. Now you are ready to search.
Search for simple, short phrases. Break down what you want to search for into small pieces: you should search for nutrition AND sport, not How nutrition affects sport performance.
If you are not sure about spelling you can use asterisk, for example: behavi*r
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In advanced options you can choose field you will search in (like author or title ), you can define media type (books, DVDs ) and you can add more lines and build precise search using: AND, OR, AND NOT (to use those you not necessary need to go to advanced search, you can just type them in capitals between your search terms, e.g.: children AND advertising)
If you know classification number for your subject, you can use it as search term: just choose “Search in: Class” and type number. Adding star will give you better results, try: 150* for psychology
AND (in capitals) in between nutrition AND sport tells the catalogue that both search terms must be in the same resource, otherwise we are not interested. – We are not interested in nutrition AND children, not interested in nutrition AND health, not interested simply in nutrition.
We are looking for how nutrition affects sport performance, therefore we should search for nutrition AND sport.
All the books in Libraries are arranged using some kind of system. Most of the Libraries in UK is using Dewey Decimal Classification system in which all knowledge is divided into 10 groups:
000–099 general works100–199 philosophy and psychology200–299 religion300–399 social sciences400–499 language500–599 natural sciences and mathematics600–699 technology700–799 the arts800–899 literature and rhetoric900–999 history, biography, and geography Hi, I’m Melvil Dewey. Classification - my idea!
These 10 main groups are in turn subdivided again and again to provide more specific subject groups.
Dewey Classification means that books on the same topic have the same number. And although it looks quite complicated and not always works perfectly (especially with resources that treat about more than one subject) Dewey classification has a lot of logic!
Have a look at the graph and analyze how the number changes with subject getting more specific.
Ask librarian for number range for your subject and you will exactly know where to look in other libraries.
How to find book in LRC
In College LRC every book has a shelfmark that consist of Dewey classification number and usually 3 first letters of author’s surname (except Fiction and Careers that are shelved before all other books)
You will find shelfmark in the Catalogue and on the spine of the book.
Well done! Now you know how to search and find resources in almost every library, catalogue or database. For more information go to the LRC Portal or ask Librarians. We are here to help Thank you!