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Please use the illustrations on this page for information purposes only. They are are screen-shots, not live screens, and are therefore not interactive.
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):
For tips on searching the catalog see the Search Strategies page:
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:
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:
These subject 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. An example of the subject heading list you get when you click on a subject within a catalog record is shown in the screen below (notice the number of titles assigned that subject heading in the "Entries" column on the right = 158):
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.
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:
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 , as indicated beneath the publication date in entries 25-27 in the following list of results:
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:
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 cannot see the Adobe tool bar, click on the "Show Acrobat Tools" button, as illustrated below):
DO NOT USE the printer icon on the browser's toolbar or the browser's "File, Print" drop-down menu when printing PDF format e-books. (Otherwise, you may get a blank page.):
Last updated July 12, 2011
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