Library Catalogs



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Library Catalogs
In this tutorial well cover how to use the library catalog.
Library Catalogs contain records for books, videos, maps, sound recordings, periodical titles, and many other items.
Library Catalogs do not contain journal articles.
This means you can’t search the Library Catalog to find journal articles.
It’s necessary to have an understanding of Library Catalog records so that you can determine what type of item you’re looking at in the catalog and whether the item is relevant to your needs.
In this section, we’ll cover searching the Library Catalog.
The Library Catalog you’ll be using contains records for many libraries across Alaska, and the default is set to search all of these libraries.
To narrow your search to find items held by UAF libraries, you must select the UAF Fairbanks Campus Libraries limiter.
If you know the title of the item you’re looking for, use the Title limiter.
If you know the author of the item you’re looking for, use the Author limiter.
If you aren’t sure of the title or the author, use the All Fields limiter.
The Alaska Library Catalog, which is the library catalog you’ll be using, does not accept the Boolean operator OR.
To use the NOT Boolean operator, go to the Advanced Search screen.
Search results are sorted by Relevance.
You can change the way results are sorted using the Sort By limiter.
Use the limiters on the left to refine your search.
When using the left side limiters, you must first check a box and then click Include.
In this section, we’ll cover determining the resource type.
When searching the Library Catalog, your results may include records for printed books, electronic books, dissertations, videos, maps, periodical titles, and more.
Sometimes you can determine what you’re looking at just by reading the information on the results screen.
Sometimes you’ll need to click the title of the record to figure out what type of resource the item is.
This is an example record for a printed book.
We have the title of the book, the author, the date of publication, the call number, the location, and the material type, or the resource type.
If you don’t see a call number for a printed book on the first screen, click the title of the record.
Then, look for the location of the item and the call number toward the bottom of the screen.
For more information about a specific book, such as the publisher, abstract, and Library of Congress Subject Terms, click the title of the record.
This is an example record for an electronic book.
To access this eBook, click Subscription access for UAF faculty, students, and on-campus users, and login with your UAF username and password (the same one you use to log into Blackboard).
This is an example record for a dissertation.
Note, you can determine that this is a dissertation by clicking the title of record, and looking at the item information.
This is an example record for a periodical title.
In this example, this item is available online and in print.
To see other libraries on campus that may have this item, click the more link.
There are other types of records included in the Library Catalog, such as sound recordings, maps, videos, oral histories, and more.
Read the record information to determine what type of resource you’re looking at, and click the title of an item for more information.
If you need assistance using the Library Catalog, contact the library reference desk at library.uaf.edu/reference.
In review
Library Catalogs contain records for books, videos, maps, sound recordings, periodical titles, and many other items except for journal articles.
Click the title of the item to get more information about the resource, including the call number.
Use limiters to search for specific formats, such as books only, electronic books only, DVDs only, and more.
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