Catalogs. There are three primary ways to find books. DSU Online Catalog – Locate books in Roberts-LaForge Library WorldCat – Locate books in any library NetLibrary – Locate electronic books. DSU Online Catalog.
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Remember that you can do subject or keyword searches. In the catalog, a keyword search is called “words or phrase.”
Consult Week 5’s notes to determine the difference between keyword and subject searches
To find out more about each title, click on “ catalog, a keyword search is called “words or phrase.”Full Details” to the left of each record.
At the top of each record, you’ll find the call number which is what you’ll need to write down to go find the book
At the bottom of each record, you’ll find the location.
When you click on “Full Details,” you’ll see the Item Information tab first. This includes author, title, and publication information. You’ll also see the location information again.
By clicking on the “Catalog Record” tab, you’ll see even more information about the book. You’ll see all of the subjects (located at the bottom) along with any content information. If you click on any of the subject terms, you’ll then get a list of all books with the subject that you clicked.
Subjects will be listed as “Subject Term” or “Personal Subject.”
For example, if you do the following subject search, Information tab first. This includes author, title, and publication information. You’ll also see the location information again.
You’ll get Zero results.
If you do the same search, but as a keyword search, Information tab first. This includes author, title, and publication information. You’ll also see the location information again.
You’ll get 26 results!
This at least shows you the importance of doing both searches.
The only way to know everything that’s in a book is by actually looking at it. The catalog records can get you only so far.
Take for instance, this example Information tab first. This includes author, title, and publication information. You’ll also see the location information again.
Even though this record doesn’t mention Michelangelo specifically, you can bet that it does have a section on him.
So, think about your topic (remember the first key to finding sources!) and broaden the search. In this example, it’s Renaissance art. In our George Washington example, you could search for American Presidents and find something on GW.
The catalog records will not and cannot hold all of the information that’s in a book. So you’re going to have to do some leg work in order to find everything on your topic.
In the catalog you can also do a power search. Information tab first. This includes author, title, and publication information. You’ll also see the location information again.
This allows you to search in more than one field at a time.
It also provides effective limiters.
One of the best limiters that you can use is “type.” That allows you to limit
your search to a particular type of source. As you can see, there’s much
more in the catalog than just books.
A good example of why you would use this limiter is if you were looking for a
Reference book on your topic. In the Power Search, you can limit your results
to get back only reference books.
Not every book on your topic can be found in Roberts-LaForge Library. Knowing
that, you’ll want to also search WorldCat, a database used to locate books in other
libraries – in other words, to find books that we don’t have.
To get started in WorldCat, click on Electronic Databases.
On the Electronic Databases by Subject page, use the Quick Jump menu to select
Later on, we’ll use the subject list to find databases, but if you know the title, it is
quickest to use the title menu.
As you see, this looks very different from DSU’s catalog, but you search it the same
exact way. You can do author, title, subject, and keyword searches just like in the
One of the nice features of WorldCat is that it marks which books DSU owns, so
you can easily identify the ones that you’ll need to get from another library.
If after looking at the record, you decide that you want to use this book, you’ll have to
get it through Interlibrary loan.
From WorldCat, it’s simple to request. Simply click on the ILL button and follow the
Before you request anything from ILL, you want to make sure that it’s a book that you really want. WorldCat has some of the same evaluative features that you use in DSU’s catalog.
In each record, you’ll find an abstract or a contents section.
You’ll also find a list of subjects.
Each of those items can help you determine that source’s usefulness, but they can also point you in the right direction to find related resources.
These are provided through a database called NetLibrary.
To search for electronic books, you simply use the Library Catalog.
The “eb” at the end of each call number denotes that it is
an electronic book.
To access the electronic book, simply click on the URL link
at the bottom of the record.
After clicking on “View this Ebook,” you’ll see the actual book. The table of contents opens
on the left. The pages will be on the right.
You navigate by either browsing the table of contents, or by searching using the Search
tab located directly above the contents.
If you want to search only for electronic books without using the library’s catalog,
you can access NetLibrary directly from the Electronic Databases page.