Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Catalog Tutorial: Quick Tour

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Hello, I am a librarian at CBC. This is a quick tour of the CBC Library catalog homepage. The Catalog is the database that you use to
find out if we have certain books, videos, or CDs. Let’s start from the CBC homepage, click on the
“Library” link to go to the Library page.

Then click on "Library Catalog" to open the catalog homepage. Or you can go directly to the web address

At the top of this page are tabs that link to relevant pages of the library’s website, such as circulation policies and ILL form.

If you need a book for school work that you did not find in the catalog, you can fill this form out online or Ask a Librarian.

In the middle of the catalog homepage, you can click on the quick links to see everything on our new book shelves.

Right now we have 84 new books.

Click the Home tab to go back to the Catalog.

There are quick links to books on display, and videos for loan. You can also use our Journal Finder to look up magazines and journals that we have by title or subject.
The “Ask a Librarian” chat box on the right is a nation-wide cooperative service, so a real librarian will answer your question, but usually not a librarian from CBC. Therefore, don’t use it to ask local questions such as fines & blocks. It is available 24/7, so please do use this convenient service.

You can log in to Your Account On the right side to renew books, create lists, or make purchase suggestions. Or use the link at the top [to Log in to Your Account] .

The search box in the gray area is the most important part. You can do a keyword search from here, which is very forgiving of spelling. Usually, it is a good idea to start with one or two keywords. If you get too many results, you can add more keywords to narrow your search down.
If you know the title, you can search by title, author, or subject [using the drop down menu].

To do a more complex search, click on Advanced Search. The advanced search form gives you many more features. You can search by additional fields and boolean. You can limit by date or specific types of materials, for example, "book, 2 week loan" are our regular books, “Book, 3 week loan” are our recreational readings. You can also limit by library location. For example, “Medical Library-circulation” or “Reference”. If you check “Laptop” and click search without putting in any keywords, you can find out how many of our laptops are available for checkout right now.

The last link I want to point out is Course Reserves. Click on the link to find books and videos reserved for specific classes. Keep in mind that the library does not have textbooks for every class. We only have a few textbooks provided and put on reserve by the professors. Request most of the reserve items at the Circulation desk.

This concludes the quick tour of the CBC Library catalog homepage. I recommend watching “Searching the catalog” video next. Thanks for taking the time to watch this video and thank you for using the CBC Library Catalog.


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