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How to Use the Library Catalog. Objective: Students will understand how to locate information using a library catalog. The library catalog will help you find the information you need that is available in your library. Information found in the catalog may be in different formats including:.

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how to use the library catalog

How to Use the Library Catalog

Objective: Students will understand how to locate information using a library catalog.

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The library catalog will help you find the information you need that is available in your library. Information found in the catalog may be in different formats including:

  • DVDs and VHS videos
  • Maps
  • Art work

Books

CDs

Audio books

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A variety of library catalogs exist and have different search interfaces, but the process of searching them is similar.
how do you search for materials in a library catalog
How do you search for materials in a library catalog?

To find a book, you may search by…

  • Keyword
  • Title
  • Author
  • Subject
  • Series
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Let’s try a keyword search first. Go to the main search page of the library catalog. You will see the keyword search option.
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The additional information may give you publication information, along with how many copies are available, and other details.
a search looking for information on a keyword will result in more hits than a search for a subject
A search looking for information on a keyword will result in more hits than a search for a subject.

Keyword

results

Subject

results

The keyword only has to appear within the text of the catalog record.

The entire book is about the subject.

advanced search
Advanced Search

An advanced search gives you more options. You may search by title, author, subject, keyword, or series. The search terms may also be combined using the Boolean operators—AND, OR, and NOT.

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Remember, you can also ask your library teacher for help in finding information in the library catalog!
summing up
Summing Up

The library catalog will help you find the information you need that is available in your library.

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