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1 How do I find a book using the Education Centre Library’s Catalogue?

2 Accessing the Catalogue: Go to the Education Centre Library’s website at and click on Catalogue

3 This is the screen you will see when you search the Catalogue.

4 Choose Your Search Type from the dropdown menu. Most people like to start with a Keyword search.

5 If you have a topic, search by KEYWORD Identify the main idea(s) of your topic (these are your keywords) Identify the main idea(s) of your topic (these are your keywords) Try to keep each keyword to one word or a short phrase Try to keep each keyword to one word or a short phrase Example: depression, drug abuse Type your topic in the search box and click on Go Type your topic in the search box and click on Go

6 Search Results Screen Number of titlesCall Number Results are sorted by date of publication Click on More Information for the Item Record

7 Item Information Record Library indicates which library the item belongs to. Call Number shows the item’s “address” on the Library’s shelves. Location tells you where to go in the Library to find the item and whether or not it in.

8 Canadore College and Nipissing University have a number of different campuses:  Education Centre Library → main campus library for Canadore & Nipissing  Canadore - Commerce Court → smaller branch library at the Commerce Court campus  Nipissing – Brantford → collection is for the Brantford campus only  Nipissing – Muskoka  → collection is for the Muskoka Campus only  E-books → click on to access an e-book through the Catalogue

9 Location tells you where to go in the Education Centre Library to find the item: Standard shelving location Standard shelving location → means the regular Library shelves Circulation Desk or Multimedia-Circulation Desk Circulation Desk or Multimedia-Circulation Desk → ask at the Circulation Desk (front of the Library) Reference Material Reference Material → the low shelves near the Information Desk AV Collection AV Collection → located at the back of the Library Electronic Resources Electronic Resources → click on the link icon to access the item online Material has been checked/charged out Material has been checked/charged out → means the item is not available at this time

10 You can also search by TITLE Enter all or part of a title Enter all or part of a title You can omit common words such as The, A, Le, La, Of, etc. You can omit common words such as The, A, Le, La, Of, etc. Choose Title from the dropdown menu Choose Title from the dropdown menu Enter your title words in the search box and click on Go Enter your title words in the search box and click on Go Example: Sylvia Plath’s “The Bell Jar”

11 You can search by AUTHOR Choose Author from the dropdown menu Choose Author from the dropdown menu Enter the first & last names, or just the last name in the search box, and click on Go Enter the first & last names, or just the last name in the search box, and click on Go

12 Keyword vs. Subject Search Keyword searches and subject searches are not the same. Keyword searches and subject searches are not the same. A keyword search involves describing your topic (i.e., “climate change”). A keyword search involves describing your topic (i.e., “climate change”). A subject search is based on very specific subject headings and a successful search requires the exact wording. A subject search is based on very specific subject headings and a successful search requires the exact wording. To search for materials on “climate change” using the subject search, the correct search term is “climatic change” because that is the specific subject heading. To search for materials on “climate change” using the subject search, the correct search term is “climatic change” because that is the specific subject heading. Subject searches are still effective, but only if you know the proper heading. Subject searches are still effective, but only if you know the proper heading.

13 We’re Here to Help! If you can’t find what you need in the Library Catalogue, please come to the Information Desk near the front of the Library for assistance! OR Phone: (705) ext


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