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Using the Library Catalog to Find Books

Use the Library Catalog, found on the library's web site in the "Find Books" section, to locate books and electronic books (e-books) in the collection. Other materials such as government documents, videotapes, audiotapes, and CD-ROMs are also cataloged and included in this database. See the illustration below for all the different ways you can search the catalog (a keyword search, highlighted below, is the most common way to search the catalog):

Screen shot of library catalog showing different searching options

For tips on searching the catalog see the Search Strategies page:

Search Strategies

Explanation of Catalog Search Results

Each item in the library catalog has a record that gives you additional information about that item. When you do a search, you get a list of results like those in a search for works of criticism on Shakespeare, below:

Screen shot of catalog items that match search criteria

Clicking on each title in the list links you to the individual record for each item. See the following for the record of the first title from the previous search:

Screen shot of catalog record with information about a specific title

Location of Library Books

The majority of the library's circulating collection ("circulating" means you may check them out) is housed in stacks on the second floor. We refer to this location as the General Collection. However materials can be placed in other collections such as Reference, Reserves, the Curriculum Lab, or North Carolina, for example. For more information on specific collections in the library see the Library Collections page. See the location code table for complete descriptions of all locations in the library.

Call Numbers

Each item in the library's collection is identified by a unique call number. Books audiovisual materials, and government documents in print format use the Dewey Decimal call number system. Government documents in CD or microfiche formats use the Sudoc number system. North Carolina public school textbooks use a book numbering system unique to textbooks used in North Carolina's public schools. (Fiction titles are shelved alphabetically by the author's last name.)

For more information on these systems, see the following links:

Dewey Decimal System
Sudoc Number System
North Carolina Public School Textbook Numbering System

Electronic Books

The library catalog also includes records for over 24,500 electronic books that are available online.

Searching the Catalog for E-Books

E-books can be searched for in the same way as printed and other materials in the catalog. For tips on how to search for e-books, see our Search Strategies page. (See the Limiting to a specific location section of that page for help in searching for e-books only.)

However, these e-books are represented in a catalog search results list by a blue icon with a diskette and a stack of books Image of e-book icon, as indicated beneath the publication date in entries 25-27 in the following list of results:

Screen shot of catalog list of electronic books (e-books)

The records for these e-books contain citations and subject headings just like those for print materials, but since they are "virtual" resources, they do not contain call numbers. Instead they include a link to the online publication in the "Connect to" area, as the screen shot below illustrates:

Screen shot of catalog record for an e-book, with a clickable link to access the e-book

Accessing E-Books

When you click on the link in the catalog record, you are taken to the site of the vendor that provides that e-book (from off campus, you will be prompted for your Barton login information). A number of vendors provide our e-books (including Gale, Oxford, and ABC-CLIO, whose screens look much like that of article databases). But the largest number of e-books in our catalog come from the vendor, eBooks on EBSCOhost (formerly netLibrary).

Printing from an E-Book

You can print from an e-book as long as you can see it displayed on the screen. That means, however, that you can print only one page at a time since you can only view one page at a time.

  • If you're printing from an e-book that's in PDF format that uses Adobe Acrobat software to view it, to print you must use the printer icon that's within the Adobe toolbar (the second icon on the top row illustrated below):
  • Screen shot of Adobe Acrobat Reader toolbar, with printer icon second from the left

    (If you cannot see the Adobe tool bar, click on the "Show Acrobat Tools" button, as illustrated below):

    Screen shot of Adobe's Show Acrobat Tools button

    DO NOT USE the printer icon on the browser's toolbar Image of browser's printer icon or the browser's "File, Print" drop-down menu when printing PDF format e-books. (Otherwise, you may get a blank page.):

    Image of the browser's drop-down 'File' menu, witn 'Print' highlighted in blue

Are you looking for articles instead of books? See our
Finding Articles page for assistance with that search. For additional assistance, see our general Help page, or contact the reference desk at (252) 399-6502 when the library is open, or send us an email at For 24/7 reference help from reference librarians across the country, contact NCknows.

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Last updated July 12, 2011