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The SWBTS library’s public catalog

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PDF file of powerpoint slides explaining the SWBTS library catalog. This shows the notes I added.

PDF file of powerpoint slides explaining the SWBTS library catalog. This shows the notes I added.


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  • 1. The library catalog can help you find sources that are IN the library and that are available THROUGH the library. First, let’s see what you can find IN the library.  2
  • 2. The library’s Basic Search form will help you find books and other materials that the library owns and allows students and others to use. It also gives you a quick link to information about the library. 3
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  • 4. You can do more from the library page than just search for books by using the options on the gray menu bar. 5
  • 5. If the library has materials that match your search terms, you will see a list of the results. This basic information is all you need to know to find a book in the library. If you want to know more about any one book, click on Details. 6
  • 6. The detailed record gives you two types of information. The default screen shows basic information about the facts of publication and physical characteristics of the item. It also repeats the call number and availability shown in the results lists.  7
  • 7. The Catalog Record repeats some of the item information, but also adds terms that describe the book’s contents. If you want to see more or less of this type of information, choose Change Catalog Display. 8
  • 8. The previous slides show you how to find materials in the library buildings. The Library’s Knowledge Portal takes you to materials available through the library. Most of these are subscription databases to information sources not available through Google or other internet search engines. Each of the databases has its own “look and feel” but work on the same principles used to find sources in the library catalog. Each database has help files that give more information about using the database. The few minutes it takes to read the basic information in the help files are worth the time spent. 9
  • 9. The Knowledge Portal is the library’s menu of databases. From off‐campus you will be asked to log into your Blackboard account in order to verify your current relationship with Southwestern. If you are already logged in on Blackboard, you will skip this step. 10
  • 10. The Virtual Reference Library provides the full text of eleven specialized encyclopedias useful for beginning research related to assignments in most schools and departments of the seminary.  11