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.
All Fields Searches
All Fields searches can also be used to:
Look for authors, titles and other terms.
Combine different kinds of terms.
All Fields Search combining a topic
with the name of an author.
Search Results Page for “Underground Railroad”
Understanding the Search Results
Results are listed by relevance (this can be
changed in the Sort By drop down menu).
Click on a title to get the “Item Information
“Standard Shelving Location” means that the
item is available in the library.
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
Status tells you which
library the item belongs
to and if it is available.
In this example, the book is held at the
Commerce Court 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 B6 S43 2002, 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 B6
S43 2002, which is on the third floor.
Results default to Available items, but you
may wish to include unavailable items.
In this example, the Location indicates that the
book is checked out and provides it’s due date.
The Format item “Electronic resources” 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
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)