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”
Select Words or Phrase from the drop-down menu.
Words or Phrase
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
Use these as search terms in the Catalogue.
Enter your terms in the Catalogue
search box, then select Search.
Words or Phrase Searches
Words or Phrase searches can also be
Look for authors, titles and other terms.
Combine different kinds of terms.
Words or Phrase Search combining a
topic with the name of an author.
Search Results Page for “Underground Railroad”
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
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.
In this example, the book is held at the
Harris Learning Library.
The location is “Standard Shelving”, which means
the book is available and you can check it out.
The call number for this book is
FC3097.26 B53 S58 2008, which is on the third floor.
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.
In this example, the Location indicates that
the book is checked out.
“Electronic resource” beside the title indicates
that the item is an e-book.
Click on the link to access the book online.
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
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
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
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)