Go to the library's home page (barton.libguides.com) and look for the "Physical Books and Media" link on the library's home page, and then click on it. After you click, you will see a "Search the Catalog" box where you can type in what you're looking for, as indicated below:
Scroll to the next box to see how to search the catalog for a print book.
Tip: Our library catalog contains ONLY books in physical format (print), NOT E-Books!
To find a book in our catalog, in the box that appears on the page, type in a word or phrase to find items you are looking for on your topic. The example below is for catalog items (including print books, among other items, but very few electronic books--we are removing those from our catalog bit by bit) about animal rights.
Now scroll down to the next section to see how to interpret your search results.
In the screen shot below, you'll see that the catalog has found 92 items (circled in turquoise) that contain the phrase "animal rights" somewhere in the record for them (title, subject heading, notes field, etc.) These items are in a variety of formats, including books, listed in the Format section (circled in red) in the left sidebar.
To choose print books only (removing all other formats from your results list, such as DVDs, click on the Book limit in the Format section (circled below in red--you'll notice that there are 63 books dealing with animal rights):
Now scroll down to the next section to see how you can get more information about a particular item in your results list.
In addition, there is more info in the catalog record; to find out more about how that helps you locate this book, scroll down to the next section.
Now we will focus on the "Collection" information in the three-celled table in te detailed record above, which corresponds to the physical location in the library building of each of the groups of items in our catalog (therefore, collection = location). Our library contains many collections (including General, Fiction, Curriculum Lab, Audiovisual, to name a few).
To know where to find your book, you first need to know:
Most of our items are located in various collections on the second floor of the library. Scroll down to look at the following floor plan of the library's second floor and find the General Collection, highlighted in red (this is the largest collection in the library and takes up much of the second floor):
Next, scroll down to the next section to see how to locate where this book on animal rights is located in the library.
Let's look again at the record for the book Animal Rights and Wrongs. In the screen shot below, notice the left-hand cell of the three-celled table in the middle of the record (it is circled in red):
Now that you know in what Collection the book you're looking for is housed, you need to find it on a shelf within that collection. You do this by identifying the book's call number, the number on its spine that is assigned to it based on the subject it covers.
In our library, we use the Dewey Decimal System to classify most items, including books. Books and other items that cover similar topics are given similar call numbers (for example, books on religion are assigned Dewey Decimal call numbers in the 200s, books on education and the social sciences in the 300s, books on language in the 400s, books on math and science in the 500s, and so on).
To find the call number of your book, look in the catalog record's central "Shelf Location" cell of the three-celled table, in this case for the book Animal Rights and Wrongs. Notice that the call number is circled in red in the catalog record that follows. (Note that when you are locating the book, you will need to write down ALL the numbers and letters in that cell in order to find the book on the shelf.):
Now that you know the call number of your book (179.3 Scr84a), you're almost there. To make sure that your book is available on the shelf, you must look at one more item in the catalog record. Scroll down to the next section to see what that is...
Before you can go to the shelf in the General Collection to locate your book, you must first make sure it is available (not checked out, not missing, not lost, etc.). You do so by looking at the "Status" cell on the far right of the three-celled table in the catalog record, circled in red below:
The green "Checked In" status lets you know that book is available on the shelf. If the status message is in red (such as "Checked Out," "Not Available," "Missing," or "Lost", for example), then that book is not available for you to check out and you will have to ask a librarian for help in locating it, or you may have to look for another book instead.
So before you go off with the title, author, collection, and call number written down in search of your book, remember to check that the contents of the Status box are in green. Now go to the Retrieving Your Book box below to learn how to retrieve your book.
If the status of your book is in green, you are now ready to look for your book! Simply do the following:
Next, find the books (on the same side of the range that your call number falls within) that have 179 on their spines, then those with 179.3 S a little further along to the right of those, then those with 179.3 Sa.... a little further yet, until you locate your book between 179.3 Sa37a and 179.3 Su74a (see the screen shot below).
(If you're having trouble finding it, come downstairs and ask a librarian for help.)
Once you've found your book, retrieve it from the shelf and scroll down to find out how/where to check it out.
Now that you have found your book, you must check it out to take it with you outside the library. (Note that you may use books and other items within the library without checking them out.)
To check it out:
Now you are ready to search for a print book in our catalog!
Because the online catalog does not create citations in any style, you will need to use the tools at the link in the left sidebar for MLA Style Resources to help you create your own citation yourself.