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Library Catalog Tutorial
Library Catalog Tutorial
Access the library catalog from the library homepage on the tab that says "Catalog." On the left side of this tab you will see a search box. On the right, you can use the drop down menu to search by keyword, title, journal title, author, subject, or call number.
- Type in the name of the book in the search box. (Omit a, an, or the from the beginning of the title.) Pull down the arrow on the right and choose 'title'. Then click search.
- Each full record listing (which you get to by clicking a title in a set of results) will show you the year the
book was published, the title and author of the book as well as its call number, availability, and location. You can
tell if a book is available because it says "not checked out" next to our library's name. Write down or text yourself
the call number. The first letter of the call number will tell you where to go in the library to find the book.
- You can check out anything that says "LNDL Stacks," but you can't take out reference books, which are
labeled "LNDL Reference."
At another library
- Some books in our catalog are not available at the Loyola Notre Dame Library because we share the catalog with four
other libraries. If you see a book that you want that is not available from our library, but is available at another
library, you can request it and have it delivered here (you can only request non-reference books from the other libraries)
by clicking on "Make a Request" on the right hand side of the page. Fill out the form using your barcode (2242) and last name.
- On the next page, select which library you want the book delivered to. Most students will want to pick "LNDL Circ,"
but if you take classes at Loyola's Columbia or Timonium campus, you can have your books delivered there.
- In the "phone number" box, provide either a phone number or an email address. This is how we'll notify you when your
book arrives - usually the next day, except on weekends.
- When you are looking at a result that says "Click title for availability," it means that more than one library owns
the book. Click into the record to see which libraries own the book.
- You can tell ebooks because the words "electronic resource" are in brackets next to the title. To open
an e-book, click into the record, then scroll down to where it says "Loyola Notre Dame Library World Wide Web."
(you may also have to click on the link next to the "linked resources" heading). This will open the book.
- You can simply type in the term and hit search. When you do this, the catalog will perform a keyword search-this
means that it is looking for the words that you type anywhere in the information it has about each book--the title,
author, subjects and even the name of the publisher.
- You can use the results in your search to find more books that directly relate to your topic in the item record.
You will usually see one or more Subjects that are related to the book. Clicking on a subject will take you to more books that
focus on the topic
- Once in the results, you can look at each book's locations and availability. For books at LNDL, write down the call
number and go to the appropriate floor. Request books that are available at another library.
- Instead of doing a keyword search, you can start off your search in the catalog by using a subject term. This works
particularly well when you are looking for books about a person. If you would like to learn how to perform a subject
search, contact the Research Assistance desk.
- Don't forget that you can also search for books by a particular author or by the book's call number.
- If you need help with any of the topics covered in this tutorial, just contact the Research Assistance desk.