Searching the Library Catalog

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Introduction

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to use the UA Library Catalog.

Use the arrows below to navigate through the tutorial.


Using the page to your right, select UA Library Catalog.

 

Find Books by Keyword searching

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Notice that the Library Catalog defaults to a  keyword search.

Do a keyword search for: Arizona pioneers

How many records did you find?

Find Books by Keyword searching

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Select a few of the title links and look for the words in red.

In what parts of the record did the catalog "look" to find the words Arizona and pioneers?

Find Books by Phrase searching

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Phrase searching is a way to control what the catalog searches and helps you make your search more precise.

You construct a phrase search by putting quotes "" around words that you want to search right next to each other.

Putting quotes"" around sets of words tells the catalog to only retrieve records that have the words right next to each other.

Select the Start Over button (at the top and bottom of the screen).

Type "Arizona pioneers" into the search box.

How many results did you retrieve?

Find Books by Phrase searching

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To conduct a search that includes multiple phrases, put the connector AND between each phrase.

Select the Start Over button.  

In the search box at the top of the page, type "historical atlas" AND "United States"

Select the Submit button.  

How many records did you find?

Find Book Chapters

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Keyword searching is a useful way of finding information that is contained in book chapters. This is because when doing a keyword search, the catalog searches within the table of contents, title, and subject fields of a record.

Select the Start Over button.   

Do a keyword search for marriage AND Anne Boleyn

How many records did you find?

Find Book Chapters

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Open the record for: Marriage and violence: the early modern legacy.

Locate the Contents section of the record.

Which chapter contains information about Anne Boleyn?

Find Book Chapters

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Select the Start Over button.

Do a keyword search for Great Gatsby AND twenties

Open the record for: Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and the Twenties.

Locate the Contents section of the record.

What is the name of the chapter that contains information about The Great Gatsby?

Where is this book located?

Find Illustrations in Books

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Because searching by keyword allows you to search within the contents, title, and subject fields of a library catalog record, this type of search is also useful to find illustrations in books.

When looking for illustrations, include the word illustration as one of your keywords.

Select the Start Over button. 

Do a keyword search for Geronimo AND illustrations

Click the record link for: Geronimo / text by David Jeffrey.

Besides the title, what part of the record tells you that this book contains illustrations? (HINT: look for ill.)

 

Find Illustrations in Books

2 of 2You want to find library materials that contain pictures of cowboys as well as historical information about them.

What would be the best keyword search?

 

Find Books by Author searching

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Searching by author is the most efficient way of locating materials written by a specific person.

Your professor has just told you to find a book written by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Which search will get the best results? *Note - you do not need to search the catalog to answer this question.

If you are not sure, click here.

Find Books by Author searching

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Select the Start Over button.

Choose Author.

Search for the author John Updike (remember to put the author's last name first).

What is the title of the first item that comes up?

Find Books by Author searching

3 of 3Scroll down the list and locate the title: Bech is Back.

Where is it located?

Find the Call Number Location Guide to locate library materials

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Once you have searched the catalog and selected materials that look useful, you’ll need to figure out how to get them. 

Select the Start Over button.

Do a keyword search for "Vietnam War protest"

Click the Submit button.

Why are there quotes around the phrase "Vietnam War protest"?

Find the Call Number Location Guide to locate library materials

2 of 3View the record for Assault on the Left: the FBI and the sixties antiwar movement

What is the call number for Assault on the Left: the FBI and the sixties antiwar movement?

Find the Call Number Location Guide to locate library materials

3 of 3Select the Call Number Location Guide link on the top right of the page. (Another browser tab or web page will open.)

Where will you find Assault on the Left: the FBI and the sixties antiwar movement?

(Hint: the call # starts with DS)

Find a library book when you have an incomplete citation

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When you come across an incomplete citation, there are some simple steps you can follow to try to locate the resource. 

Read the scenario below:

Your professor has just asked you to find a book written by John Annerino about pioneers in Arizona.

She cannot remember the year it was written.

What pieces of researchable information do you have to work with?

Find a library book when you have an incomplete citation

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Select the Start Over button.

Do a keyword search for John Annerino AND Arizona AND pioneers

Open the first record for Dead in their tracks: crossing America's desert borderlands in the new era

What is the call number for Dead in their tracks: crossing America's desert borderlands in the new era?

Find a library book when you have an incomplete citation

3 of 3Now select the Call Number Location Guide link on the top right of the page. (Reminder: This link will open in another tab or web page.)

Where will you find Dead in their tracks: crossing America's desert borderlands in the new era?

(Hint: the call # starts with F)

Find a specific article when you have the citation

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Read the scenario below:

Your professor has just asked you to find an article about segregation that was published in the journal History & Memory.

He knows that it was published in 2010 and he thinks that the title includes the words "race" and "American memory".

What pieces of researchable information do you have to work with?

Find a specific article when you have the citation

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Select the Start Over button.

Choose Journal Title.

Type History & Memory into the Journal Title search box.

Select Search.

Look at the list of database links.

Which of the databases will provide access to an article that was published in 2010?

Find a specific article when you have the citation

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Select the link Full text available from Ethnic NewsWatch: 06/30/1995 to present

*Note - if you are off campus, you will be asked for your UA NetId and password.

Locate the Search for articles within this publication heading.

Type race AND American memory

Select Search.

Look at some of the results. 

Note that the first article, Re-Remembering a Segregated Past: Race in American Memory, is the only article that has the words race and American Memory in the title. This must be the correct article.

Select the Full text - PDF link.

Who is the author of this article?

End of Tutorial

You have now completed the tutorial!

Before going on to the Quiz, use your browser's back button to return to the Library Catalog, then select the Start Over button.

Quiz

Welcome!

Make sure you have returned to the Library Catalog homepage in the screen to the right.

Then select the right arrow below to begin the quiz.

Quiz: Question 1:

You want to locate a book on gardening in Tucson; what would be the best keyword search to do for this?

Quiz: Question 2:

Use the Library Catalog to locate the book, Yard Full of Sun: The Story of a Gardener's Obsession that Got a Little out of Hand by Scott Calhoun. Where is this book located.

 

Quiz: Question 3:

What is the call number for this book (Yard Full of Sun: The Story of a Gardener's Obsession that Got a Little out of Hand)?

 

Quiz: Question 4:

Your Women's Studies teacher talked about a famous 19th century author who wrote all of her books under a man's name. Her real name was Marian Evans.

What is the pseudonym, (the man’s name), that she used?

Quiz: Question 5:

How many titles written by Marian Evans, under her pseudonym, does the library own?

Quiz: Question 6:

What is the first title listed for this author?

Quiz: Question 7:

You are looking for a copy of the Historical Dictionary of Censorship in the United States.

Where is this title located?

Quiz: Question 8:

You know that the Library has an encyclopedia of vaudeville in its collection, but you don't know the exact title.  What is the title of this encyclopedia?

 

Quiz: Question 9:

Why would you put quotes "" around a group of words when conducting a search for a book in the UA Library Catalog?

Quiz: Question 10:

You are looking for images of the Vietnam War. What would be the best search?

Quiz: Question 11:

Your instructor suggests you look for a book chapter about Queen Elizabeth.

What would be the best catalog search?

Quiz: Question 12:

Use the Library Catalog to search for books on Queen Elizabeth. Open the record for: A history of women's political thought in Europe, 1400-1700.

Locate the Contents section of the record.

Which chapter contains information about Queen Elizabeth?

Quiz: Question 13:

Your professor has just asked you to find a play by Tom Stoppard. How would you conduct this search?

Quiz: Question 14:

How many items by playwright Tom Stoppard does the Library own?

Quiz: Question 15:

Your professor has just asked you to locate a journal article about women’s religious identification and educational attainment. He knows that the journal title is Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion and that the article was published in 1995.

What is the title of the article?

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