Finding Books in the Library A Basic Guide Finding by lizbethbennett


									Finding Books in the Library: A Basic Guide

Finding books in the Archibald Library is done through searching the online catalogue. The following guide will give you a brief introduction on how to quickly find the books you need. ♦

Across the top of the screen there are three different ways to search. “Basic Search” has only one search box, “Advanced Search” allows you to fill search terms into multiple boxes, while “Power Search” allows you to search using AND, OR, and NOT. There are a number of different search filed you can chose to search from, including All Titles Alphabetical, Title Keyword, Author Alphabetical, Subject Alphabetical, and Subject Keyword, just to name a few. “Keyword” versus “Alphabetical” searching: The difference: o Keyword searching means that the word(s) you are looking for can be found anywhere in the area you are searching. For example: the book “A Life of John Calvin” could be found by using a Title Keyword search using “Calvin” o Alphabetical searching means that the word(s) you are searching will be listed in alphabetical order, like a phone book. For example, a Title Alphabetical search using “Calvin” would only show books that start with “Calvin” in the title.

Starting a Search

All computers in the library can access the library’s catalogue. From home you can access the catalogue at: The first screen you will see will look like this:

To begin a search, click the mouse on the Search tab at the top of the screen. This screen now appears:


Doing a Search

Archibald Library Circulation Desk: (306) 756-3252

To do a search, type in the words you are searching with into the second box, and press search. A list of titles and authors will appear. For example, if you looking for books that begin with the word “Calvin” using a Title Alphabetical search, the results would look like this:


Finding the Book

To find the book in the library, write down the Call No. of the book. In our example, the call number is 284.2092 .C168 .C85. Make sure you write down the whole number. Go to the shelves with the right call numbers. In our example, the book is located on the shelves marked 280 Denominations. Then, the process of finding the book begins. To find out more information about one of these books click on the tile of the book. Then something like this will appear:

284.2092 C 284.2092 C168 284.2092 C168.A78 284.2092 C168.C85 284.2092 C169 Numbers can become even more complex then this! If you are having trouble understanding how call numbers work, see our “Guide to Call Numbers” available at the Reference desk or ask one of the library staff. ♦

♦ The Dewey Decimal Classification
Books in the Archibald Library are arranged on the shelves by the Dewey Decimal Classification. All call numbers begin with three digits, and often has a decimal point followed by more numbers. The numbers act as decimals. For example, the call numbers below are in order from top to bottom, and the book we would be looking for is highlighted: 284 284.01 284.1 284.2092 284.358 284.359 284.36 284.361

Signing the Book Out

Once you have found the book, you are free to either use it in the library or, in most cases you can take the book home with you as well. Exceptions to this rule are reference books, journals, and reserve items on two-hour reserve. These must be used in the library. To sign a book out, simply take the book, along with your student card, to the Circulation Desk. There, a library staff member will gladly sign the book out to you, and let you know when it is due back.


Off-Campus Students

This screen tells you much more information about the book, such as: o o o o o o Who published the book How many pages long the book is What subjects the book covers Whether the book is checked out of in the library Where it is located in the library. If the book has a hold on it.

Hint: When looking at Call Numbers that do not have the same number of digits, simply add zeros to the shorter number to determine which one should be sitting on the shelf first. To add to the confusion, it is not unusual for many books to have the same Dewey number. In this case, a combination of letters and numbers are used to organize books. These are called Cutter numbers. They are arranged first in alphabetical order, and then in numerical order. Sometimes there are two sets of these numbers. Organize by the first number, and then by the second. An example in our case, would be:

If you are a Distance Learning or Off Campus seminary student you won’t be able to visit the library as often as our on campus students. However, we can still get the books to you to you. Please see the Off-Campus students section of our website at:


More Information

The catalogue has many more features that can help you when searching for material. Please drop by the Reference Desk, or see one of the library staff members for help.

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