Exploring the Fontbonne
You’ve taken the whirlwind tour through the Library
building. Now let’s see what Library resources
you can access from the desktop of your own
The Jack C. Taylor Library
To reach the Library web page, start at the main
Fontbonne web page (www.fontbonne.edu).
The Library link is under Academics.
The Digital Library
Spend 20-30 minutes
getting familiar with
what is here. Notice
the Quick Links on the
left side of the screen.
They can come in
handy! Be sure to
check out the
information under the
Students tab too.
Let’s get started by
using Discovery Search
in the center of the
Accessing Library Digital
Discovery Search includes both
Fontbonne’s digital resources and
our classic catalog. (The box
might look slightly different – don’t
let that stop you!!)
This is a powerful search and you
will certainly need to learn how to
narrow down your results to target
what you need. But, of course,
that’s what this course is all
If you are only looking for books or DVDs, you can also click on the
Classic Catalog link. The Digital Resources link will take you to an
alphabetical list of sources for articles, ARTstor images, digital reference
materials, and statistical electronic resources.
Let’s take a moment
to explore how
works. It is basically
one huge index of
catalog and all our
So, when you type in something like global
warming the system is searching through
all those resources to bring you back a
results list of what we have that matches
These results will be drawn from items in
our Classic Catalog, (books and DVDs, eBooks), and from articles published in
scholarly journals and popular magazines.
Let’s take a look…
Let’s start with the
The Classic Catalog
(which can also be
searched separately) will
show you what items the
Fontbonne Library owns
and where you can find
The Fontbonne Library houses over 95,000 physical items
including books, journals & magazines, music CDs, movies
(both educational and popular), curriculum materials and more.
We organize these items using the Library of Congress
Classification System (LC Call Numbers). To find a book or
other item on the shelf you’ll need the call number for that item
that is listed in the catalog.
Digital Resources - Articles
Fontbonne pays a subscription fee to be able to offer
access to numerous digital resources. These include article
and JSTOR are
Business Source and
direct link to only
these resources is
Back to global warming…
You will usually start with a keyword search, but be
aware that you have other options. If you know the
author or title you are looking for – start there.
Let’s take a closer
look at various
portions of this
Results - Left Column
You’ll notice, first of all, that we have 170,000+
results -- way too many to search through. So
we will need to do some narrowing of our
results to make this practical.
The links below will help you do that. There
are numerous check boxes that you can select
to help you focus your search and obtain only
what you need. But first, you have to have
some idea of what you need.
Are you looking for articles only? Check off
If you scroll further down this column. You’ll
discover lots of other options as well.
Click Update once you’ve made your
Results – Center Column
A quick glance down the
results list will show that the
first item is a Book and the
second is a Video. These
icons can be useful to give
you an overview of what you
have retrieved. Other icons
include Academic Journal,
Periodical, eBook, and
News, among others.
The grey bar below the item
title is where you can access
the item. For books and
other items from our catalog,
this will be a link to the
catalog record. For articles,
it will be access to full-text if
Results – Right Column
The right column will usually include any
images relating to your search. These are
great for using in your papers and
Below that, Additional Resources will
provide you links of other digital
resources that are accessible to you but
are not included in the Discovery Search.
Subheadings (Reference, Current
Events, etc.) help describe what you will
find on these links.
Results – Example: Book
This is the record of a book – the first item on the results list (see the icon in the
left side of the record). The record provides more information about this item -Subjects, Other Authors, Contents or Notes, if any.
LOCATION shows where in the Library the book can be found.
The CALL NO will be needed in its entirety to find the book in the shelf.
STATUS tells you where the book is right now. “Available” means it should be
sitting on the shelf. Note that you can send a text message to your phone with
this information – pretty cool!
In this example, your next step would be to go to the area of the Library specified
under Location, such as Reference or 2nd Floor, and look for the book!
What if you need a
book and can’t find it
in the Fontbonne
Fontbonne is part of a
MOBIUS. The 65+
libraries in this group
have agreed to share
resources with each
MOBIUS is subdivided into smaller clusters. Fontbonne is in the
Bridges cluster. You’ll need to know that information when you
request a book from MOBIUS. You can search the catalogs of all 65+
libraries at the same time by clicking on the MOBIUS Catalog link
back on your results list.
Requesting a MOBIUS book
Searching in the MOBIUS catalog works the same as in the
Fontbonne catalog. Once you have found a book you want to
borrow, click on the Request link. A new screen will appear.
(Fontbonne's cluster) from
the drop down box and
click Submit Above
Information. Then enter
your name and Fontbonne
ID # followed by a capital F
(i.e.,123456F) to denote
that you are a Fontbonne
Fontbonne as the pick up
location. Submit the
request and you will
receive a confirmation that
your request will be
Your request for Beyond the school gates : questioning the extended schools and full
service agendas / Colleen Cumming was successful.
Item requested from MERLIN
Your request will be delivered to Fontbonne University, Library at BRIDGES when it
Look for an e-mail in your Fontbonne e-mail account when
the item is available for pickup at the Circulation Desk.
Depending on where the book is coming from, it should
arrive in about 2-4 days. Call the Circulation Desk if you
have any questions.
Requesting books from MOBIUS is a great way to get
materials when the Fontbonne Library doesn’t have
exactly what you need. Since there a some public
libraries in MOBIUS, you can get popular fiction as well!
Results – Example: Articles
Here is an article from an
academic journal. Be aware
that does NOT mean this
has been peer-reviewed.
(More on peer-review in
Module 6. Just tuck that in
the back of your head for
Here is what you are looking
Title of article
Author, Journal title, date published
Abstract (summary) of the article
Subjects of this article
Link to full text of the article
Click on PDF Full Text to access the
That should get you started using Discovery Search.
As always, if you are confused or having problems with this,
please contact your instructor or come visit the Library and ask
one of the Reference Librarians on duty to give you more detail.
What else can I find in the
The library also has movies (many popular titles), cook books,
novels, e-readers (Kindles, Nooks & Kindle Fires), and video
games available for check out. Can’t find what you’re looking
for? Please ask us!