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:
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 - online, circulating collection, reserves, reference.
Call Number: HQ 1190 .M86 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. 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.
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 marriage will be under the letters HQ, depending on the specific subject (ie. the family, women, feminism, etc.).|
|Specific books will include numbers. For example, marriage vows and race will be around the number 1031, which = HQ 1031|
|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.|
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