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Finding Books & Films: Analyzing Results

This guide will teach you everything you need to know about finding books and films in the library

Analyzing Results

Section 1

For materials that are checked out, on order, or in processing, you will have the option of placing a hold on the item. Once the item is available, you will be notified via e-mail. You will need to log into your Library Account to place a hold.

Additionaly you can create lists and share among colleagues or classmates. For more information see Creating Lists.

Section 2

  • The Collection cell tells you where in the library you would find the item.
  • The Shelf Location (Call Number) cell tells you the Dewey Decimal or other classification number that indicates where on the shelf in that location you would find the item.
  • The Status cell tells you whether or not that item is "Checked In" (which means it should be on the shelf), or checked out (in which case you'd see the due date).

Section 3

On most records (with a few exceptions), you'll find citation information concerning the author, title, publisher, and place and date of publication--information that you'll use in your bibliography or works cited page of your research.

In addition to the citation information, you'll also find subject headings. These headings are searchable, which means that if you click on them, you get a list of results of all the items in the catalog that have had that subject heading assigned to them. This is one way to find additional items focused on a particular topic.

Analyzing the Results

Clicking on results will take you to more detailed information about the material.


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