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How do I find books


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Guidance and tips on finding books using the Learning Library's online catalogue.

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How do I find books

  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 are searching for a specific topic, it’s easiest to start with a “All Fields” search.
  5. 5. Select All Fields from the drop-down menu.
  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. All Fields Searches All Fields searches can also be used to:  Look for authors, titles and other terms.  Combine different kinds of terms.
  10. 10. All Fields 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 by relevance (this can be changed in the Sort By drop down menu).  Click on a title to get the “Item Information Record”.  “Standard Shelving Location” means that the item is available in the library.
  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. Status tells you which library the item belongs to and if it is available.
  14. 14. In this example, the book is held at the Commerce Court 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 B6 S43 2002, 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 B6 S43 2002, which is on the third floor.
  18. 18. Results default to Available items, but you may wish to include unavailable items.
  19. 19. In this example, the Location indicates that the book is checked out and provides it’s due date.
  20. 20. E-Books The Format item “Electronic resources” that the item is an e-book. Click on the link to access the book online.
  21. 21. 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
  22. 22. 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
  23. 23. 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
  24. 24. 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) 