How Do I Find A Book?


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How Do I Find A Book?

  1. 1. How do I… …find books?
  2. 2. How to Find Books Using the Catalogue Start by going to the Library website at
  3. 3. Select the Catalogue link.
  4. 4. Type of Search  From the drop-down menu, choose the type of search you would like to do.  If you have a topic, it’s easiest to start with a “Words or Phrase” search.
  5. 5. Select Words or Phrase from the drop-down menu. Words or Phrase Search
  6. 6. Now you have to decide on search terms.  Think of single words or short phrases that represent the main ideas of your topic.  Examples: forestry, drug abuse, children and video games  Use these as search terms in the Catalogue.
  7. 7. Enter your terms in the Catalogue search box, then select Search.
  8. 8. Join multiple search terms with “and”.
  9. 9. Words or Phrase Searches Words or Phrase searches can also be used to:  Look for authors, titles and other terms.  Combine different kinds of terms.
  10. 10. Words or Phrase Search combining a topic with the name of an author.
  11. 11. Search Results Page for “Underground Railroad”
  12. 12. Understanding the Search Results  Results are listed in order of publication date (newest to oldest).  “Standard Shelving Location” means that the item is available in the library.  Click on a title to get the “Item Information Record”.
  13. 13. Item Information Record The Call Number is the item’s “address” on the shelves. Location tells you where to go in the library to find the item. This tells you which library the item belongs to.
  14. 14. In this example, the book is held at the Harris Learning Library.
  15. 15. The location is “Standard Shelving”, which means the book is available and you can check it out.
  16. 16. The call number for this book is FC3097.26 B53 S58 2008, which is on the third floor.
  17. 17. In our example:  The book is held at the Harris Learning Library.  The location is “Standard Shelving”, which means the book is in and you can check it out.  The call number for this book is FC3097.26 .B53 S58 2008, which is on the third floor.
  18. 18. In this example, the Location indicates that the book is checked out.
  19. 19. E-Books “Electronic resource” beside the title indicates that the item is an e-book. Click on the link to access the book online.
  20. 20. Libraries in the Catalogue Harris Learning Library  Located at the College Drive campus Canadore – Commerce Court  Located at the Commerce Court Campus Nipissing – Brantford  Located at the Brantford Public Library Nipissing – Muskoka  Located at the Bracebridge Public Library E-books and Streaming Resources  Electronic access only for these items
  21. 21. Harris Learning Library Item Record Locations Where are they? Standard shelving location Regular shelves on 2nd & 3rd floors Reference material 1st floor, by Info Desk Circulation Desk 1st floor, near front doors Archives 1st floor Popular Collection 1st floor Audiobooks 2nd floor Oversize 2nd floor Electronic resource Accessible online
  22. 22. Not finding what you need in the Catalogue? • Check the spelling of your search terms • Try variations of your search terms, such as: • Synonyms, eg. adolescents, youths, teenagers • Closely related words, eg. computer games, video games • Alternate spellings, eg. behavior, behaviour • Plural or singular, eg. women, woman • Try broader search terms, eg. canada instead of ontario • Try more specific terms, eg. anorexia instead of eating disorders
  23. 23. We’re here to help! If you need any assistance using the catalogue or in the Library please come to the Info Desk! You can also contact us at:  705-474-3450 ext. 4221  Or 1-800-655-5154 (choose Library) 