How to use the library catalogue


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How to use the library catalogue

  1. 1. How to Use the Library Catalogue at the Bermuda College Library
  2. 2. Your catalogue is your friend. <ul><li>The OPAC or catalogue at the Bermuda College Library has an index full of information on : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Circulating Titles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reference Titles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bermudiana Titles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rare Titles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reserve Titles </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. To search for a book in the collection… go to the Bermuda College homepage at
  4. 4. Use the Quicklinks drop down to find the library homepage. You do not have to log-in to search the catalogue from home.
  5. 5. On the library homepage is the yellow library catalogue button.
  6. 6. When searching the library catalogue… <ul><li>There are two types of search formats: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Simple search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Power search </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Here you have several search options to choose from. Searches can be done by: <ul><li>Title – ie. Bermuda Five Centuries </li></ul><ul><li>Author – ie. Rosemary Jones </li></ul><ul><li>Subject – ie. History </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  8. 8. On the search results page, there are many books to chose from. Some books may be found in several locations in the library.
  9. 9. The search results page will indicate: -The call number of the book ie. F 1636 .J6 2009 BDA -If copies are available -If the book has been checked out
  10. 10. The call number is useful in helping to find where the books are located on the shelves. Call numbers may also have a special code for their collection: F 1636 .J6 2009 BDA Bermudiana F 1636 .J6 2009 REF Reference F 1636 .J6 2009 Stacks
  11. 11. Understanding Library of Congress Classification <ul><li>The Bermuda College Library uses the Library of Congress classification system: </li></ul><ul><li>Each shelf is marked alphabetically with one or two letters. This makes it easier to find which shelf to start with. </li></ul><ul><li>Next books are then arranged numerically, according to the call number. </li></ul><ul><li>Finally, the books are shelved alphabetically by the next letter and decimally by the following number. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Library of Congress Classification <ul><ul><li>A – General Works </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>B – Philosophy, Psychology, Religion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>C – Auxiliary Sciences of History (General) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>D – History (General ) and History of Europe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E – F – History: America </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>G – Geography, Anthropology, Recreation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>H – Social Sciences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>J – Political Science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>K – Law </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>L – Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>M – Music </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>N – Fine Arts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>P – Language and Literature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Q - Science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>R – Medicine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>S – Agriculture </li></ul></ul>T – Technology U – Military Science V – Naval Science Z - Bibliography, Library Science, Information Resources.
  13. 13. Locating Books <ul><li>The Reference Books, Rare Books & Bermudiana are found upstairs in the Reference Department . </li></ul><ul><li>The Stacks or Circulating Books are found downstairs in the Stacks Lending Collection . </li></ul><ul><li>The Reserve Books are found in the Circulation Department and must be requested. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Now that you know how to use the catalogue, you can enjoy a good read. Presentation by: Lee-Ann Liles Library Assistant Bermuda College Library March 2011