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Step 3: Find Books & Videos

 

LIBRARY CATALOG

The Library Catalog is an inventory of all the materials we own - books, periodicals, videos/dvds, and CDs. It lists the call number, availability, and physical location of each item. It also includes links to online items like eBooks and streaming videos.


SEARCH TIPS

Titles

  • Leave out 'a', 'the', 'le', 'la', 'el', 'die', and other articles at the beginning of a title.
  • Just enter the first few words.
  • Capitalization and punctuation are not necessary, except hyphens.

Examples:

Title:
Search command:
The Hitchhiker's Guide to Calculus hitchhikers guide
Censorhip in America:
a Reference Handbook
censorship in america

Authors

  • Enter the surname(last name)first.
  • Capitalization and punctuation don't matter.
  • Use Author search to find authors, editors, artists, illustrators, translators, corporations, and organizations.

Examples:

Author:
Author Search command:
John W. Snapper snapper, john
J. R. R. Tolkien tolkien
The World Chess Federation world chess federation

Subjects

  • When you search by Subject you are searching a formal set of vocabulary called 'Library of Congress Subject Headings.'
  • If you don't know the exact subject heading for your topic, use a keyword search instead.

Examples:

Your topic :
Subject Browse command:
computer circuits computers -- circuits
Your topic:
Keyword Search command:
psychological causes of anorexia anorexia psychology


LOCATE THE ITEM

Find the item on the shelf (or online) using the information provided:

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Locations:

  • Main Level, Reference
  • Main Level, Circulation Desk
  • Main Level, New Books Shelves
  • Level 3, Circulating Collection
  • Level 1, Curriculum Library
  • Level 1, Buc Cup CBU
  • Online Resource

Call Number: Plough Library uses the Dewey Decimal System. Each number in the Dewey Decimal System represents a particular subject.

Status:Tells if item is available or checked out and other information about availability of item.

  • Available = Item is on the shelves or online.
  • Charged = Item is checked out.
  • Lost = Item is lost.