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 - circulating collection, reserves, reference.
Call Number: HM 651 .M38 2005 (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).
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.|
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.
If you're not sure exactly what you're looking for, you may find it useful to browse the shelves at the following call number locations:
E 184 - E 185: American ethnic groups.
HA: Social science statistics.
HB: Economic Theory. Demography.
HM 1001-1281: Sociology (general and theoretical). Social psychology.
HN: Social history. Social problems. Social reform.
HQ: The family. Marriage. Women. Feminism.
HT: Communities. Classes. Races. Slavery.
HV 1-9960: Social pathology; Criminology, including:
HV 5001-5840: Drugs & alcohol
HV 6001-7220.5: Criminology
HV 7231-9960: Criminal justice administration
HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism.
K: Legal issues.
LC: Educational sociology.
RA: Social medicine.
Find items in other libraries, both local and around the world. Most items you find may be requested through Interlibrary Loan.
Request items directly from UBC for pick-up at any OC campus library, and return UBC books at OC. Ask your campus library circulation desk to associate your OC card with UBC.
|Okanagan Regional Library
Get an ORL card and request books for delivery to your nearest ORL branch. Return books to ORL, not to the College.
|All BC Libraries Illume|
Books and other materials from thousands of libraries across the world. Request titles via ILL.
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