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The Library Catalog: Getting Started

How to search the Library Catalog and locate items throughout Library Stacks.

Where to Start

Searching through the Library Catalog allows you to browse and access over 3 million books, articles, government documents, videos and items located in the Main Library's and the Music Library's collections.  Here is how to get started:

STEP ONE:  Find the Catalog tab in the Compass Search interface.  In the search box, type Titles, names of Authors, Periodical Titles, Keywords, etc. to get search results.  You can also select "Advanced Search" to use multiple terms and key words. 

Below is an example of a search using the keyword phrase of "the economic consequences of the peace."


STEP TWO:   Once you have searched for a specific item, a results page like the one above should appear. On the left side of the screen you will notice there are tools you can use to further limit your results.

STEP THREE: Once you have located the item, click on the record for more information. In the record you will see the availability status, the location, and the call number of the item along with other information.  

Step 4: You can either find the book in the Library Stacks (depending on the location), or you can request the material to be delivered to the Main Library Lending Desk. To request the book, first make sure you're logged in to your library account, then click on the "Get It" tab, under which you should see a "Request" button next to the Request Options.

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