Searching the Catalog

The Library catalog contains information on where books and journals are located in the library. Always use the catalog when you are looking for a book. If you know exactly what journal you are looking for, you will also want to use the catalog. Use the journal databases if you are looking for articles on a topic. [Also see the Library's Guide to Library Research.]

If you are searching for a book and know the author or title, use the author or title search in the library catalog. Use the Basic keyword search if you are looking for books about a topic. This will search in any field for the keywords you enter. The Subject Heading search looks only in the Subject Heading field. The Items Available tab lists if multiple copies of a book are available and where they are located.

If you are searching for a journal article, and know the name and year or volume it is located in, search in the library catalog using a Journal Title search. Go to the Availability tab, and you can find and request any volume of the journal that the library owns. Next to the volume number, the dates that are included in that volume are listed.

Available Volumes in a Catalog