Find Books and Course Reserves

On this page, you can:


Find books using the library’s catalog

  • Click the Library Catalog link on the library’s home page
  • Use keyword terms to search by topic; if you know the author or title of the book you want, click and use the Author or Title tabs
  • If necessary, narrow results by using “and” to add terms, or use the Modify Search button (example: nurs* AND career)
  • In the list of results, click on the book’s title to see its full record
  • Check record for book’s location, call number, and status (availability)
  • A call number is used to find the book on the library shelves
    • A call number’s initial letters indicate the general subject
    • Reference books have call numbers beginning [Ref]
    • A book’s call number can be found on a white label located on its spine

For example, soccer AND history. You can also search by title, author, subject, or call number, using the tabs above the search box. This page also contains search hints and tips. Press Enter, or click on “Submit.”


Note that now you can access online materials such as scholarly and newspaper articles through our library catalog, as you can see in the image below. However, for this examples we chose the filter “Library” as we are looking for a printed book from the library.




















Once you find a title of your interest, note if it is  available at your preferred location. You can see this by the green dot on the left of the title as seen in the image below.  If you want to find out more about the book, click on the title.


Write down the call number. As mentioned above, the call number is used to locate the book on the shelves. You can ask a librarian to help you locate the book on the shelf.


Use the tips below when using the catalog.

Adjacency Multiple words are searched together as one phrase.
Example : world health organization
Wildcards Words may be right-hand truncated using an asterisk. ‘*’ for 1-5 characters, ‘**’ for open-ended truncation, ‘?’ to replace a single character anywhere within a word.
Examples : environment* polic*, comput**, wom?n
Boolean Operators Use “and” or “or” to specify multiple words in any field, any order. Use “and not” to exclude words.
Example : stocks and bonds
Example : (alaska or canada) and (adventure and not vacation)
Proximity Operators Use “near” to specify words close to each other, in any order.
Example : california near university
Field limits A field limit causes the system to search only the specified field for the specified word(s).So if you know the author or the title of a book, select the Author or Title field.If you want to explore a subject, select the Subject field
Grouping Keyword search results are usually grouped by relevance to bring the most likely titles to the top of the list. Each group represents a similar level of relevance and results are sorted within the group by date or title. To get an ungrouped result set, use boolean operators to form a complex query.

Also, if a book seems relevant to what you are looking for, click on the subject to find more sources.