A library catalogue is a complete list of all the materials in a library collection, presented in a way that helps users find and retrieve those materials.
There are different ways to search for items. For example:
There are different ways to refine or limit your search results. For example:
View your Library account and renew materials. Also see the status of items you have requested from another OC campus library.
Courtesy email notices are sent to your email when a borrowed item must be returned or renewed, and when a requested item has arrived from another library.
Once you find a book in the catalogue, you need the following information to locate it:
Campus: if a book is not at your campus, you can request a transfer .
Location: where is the book in the library - circulating collection, reserves, reference.
Call Number: RT 90.3 .H435 2014 (you will find this number on the spine of the book).
Status: available, checked out (you can request a hold for a book that is checked out).
Electronic books can offer a great alternative to print books. Find e-books in the Library Catalogue and databases. View e-books off-campus, search full-text, and save them to your own personalized electronic bookshelf. Depending on the title, you may be able to download the e-book to your computer, e-reader, tablet, or handheld device.
If you are off-campus, you may be required to login with your 300 number and last name. For more information on e-books at OC click here. Also look at the background sources tab and articles tab for other e-book sources.
Books (Hardcopy & Physical)
|Books are shelved by Library of Congress CALL NUMBER in the stacks|
|Call numbers are organized by SUBJECT. For example, all books on education will be under the letters LB, depending on the specific subject (ie. teaching, learning, teaching english, etc.).|
|Specific books will include numbers. For example, classroom assessment will be around the number 2822, which = LB 2822|
|Click on the title of a book in the catalogue or in OCtopus and you will see a list of links next to 'Subject'. These links take you to other books with the same subject.|
|Use the Library catalogue to place holds on items checked out, or request books to your campus from other campus libraries.|
E-Books (Electronic & Online)
|E-Books can be viewed from home, most can be downloaded, and the text is searchable.|
|Access via OCtopus or the Library's online catalogue. Look for "online access" links.|
|Download to your computer, tablet, e-reader, or smart phone for offline reading.|
|Searching for books with OCtopus? Limit your search to ebook or book using the resource type limiter box on the left side of results pages.|
To help you browse the Library shelves, try the following areas:
|R 123||Medical Terminology|
|RC 435-571||Mental Disorders|
|RG||Gynecology & Obstetrics|
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