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The Library Catalog allows you to search the collections of the University of Arizona libraries, including those of AHSL, to find and access:
This tutorial will guide you in exploring the Library Catalog's many features.
Use the arrows below to navigate through the tutorial.
From the AHSL website in the screen to the right, use the Search & Find tab in the navigation bar and select Library Catalog from the menu. It's almost always best to search the UA-wide catalog.
You may also use the searchbox, set to the Catalog tab, to do quick searches, but in this exercise we want the full search screen.
This is the Catalog's full search screen, which defaults to keyword searching.
Sample keyword search:
Enter cardiovascular disease into the searchbox.
Click the Submit button.
The Catalog displays the first screen of your results, sorted by relevance. You may choose to sort them by date or title by clicking on either word.
How many records did your search retrieve?
Browse the brief records and click on one or two titles to display the full record. Look where your keywords appear in red.
Click the Return to Browse button to go back to the results list.
Just like Google, you can make your search more precise by placing quotes around your keywords to search as a phrase. The keywords inside the quotes will now be next to each other and in the same field.
At the top of the screen add quotes before and after the keywords "cardiovascular disease"
How many records are in this result list?
Click on the Modify Search button.
Add the terms treatment or therapy to the search in the second box.
The keywords in each box are searched separately, then the results are combined with an And, which narrows your search.
Click on a brief record in your result list to open the full record. Notice the subject headings that have been assigned and click on one. You will be shown an alphabetical list of nearby subject headings. Find and click on the same subject heading or find another to get all items in the Catalog with that subject heading.
Cardiovascular Diseases -- drug therapy
By reviewing subject headings in your search results you can find more terms to add to your keyword search.
To further define your search, add one or more limits. You can limit by collection, such as:
Also limit by language, location, format, publisher, publication date, and available items (not checked out).
Click on the Start Over button.
Sample search with limits:
Select the following limits:
How many records are in this result list?
Browse through the brief records and notice that many of the most current items are Internet Resources and available electronically.
Choose any title of interest by clicking on it to open the full record. Often the chapter headings of an electronic book (ebook) are listed in the contents.
Click on Find on the Web (or similar wording) to access the full text.
Alert: Ebooks are purchased or licensed from a number of publishers, so procedures to access the full text will vary a bit.
Return to the Catalog, then press the Start Over button.
To find a known item, search by author and/or title.
Bendok, Bernard R. Hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke. Thieme Medical, 2012.
Click on Title at the top of the screen.
Copy the title from the citation above and paste it into the searchbox.
One item is found that is IN LIBRARY on the 3rd floor of the Health Sciences Library.
What is the call number of the book?
Tip: Click on Send via Text Message to send the call number, location & title of the item as a text to your phone (your Library Account must be set up with Text Alerts)
Click on Start Over.
Click on Author at the top of the screen.
Search for James E. Dalen (remember, use last name first, i.e. Dalen, James E.)
To sort results by year, click on Limit/Sort button and click Sort by Year.
Click on Start Over, then on Journal Title at the top of the screen.
Both print and electronic journals are searched. Choose the one in which Bioinformatics is the full title of the journal.
There are three sources for the full text. Choose the source where you can access articles from the current year.
Click on it & find the latest issue available of the journal, note the date.
What is the latest issue you can access?
Use truncation to search variations of keywords.
An asterisk (*) matches an unlimited number of non-space characters, starting at the specified position in the word. The * wildcard may only appear after at least two characters.
therap* finds therapy, therapies, therapist, therapeutic
A question mark (?) replaces a single character within a word. The question mark must be preceded by at least three characters.
wom?n finds woman or women
Hit the browser's back button until you're back in the Catalog, then click on Start Over.
Sample search on preventing childhood obesity:
obesity AND child* AND prevent*
child* retrieves child, children, childhood
prevent* retrieves prevent, prevents, preventing, prevention
Click on My Account at the very top right corner of the Catalog screen and login with your UA NetID and password. View any item that you have checked out. You may also renew items from your Library Account.
Click on Sign Up for Text Alerts to have library notices sent to your cellphone.
When reviewing search results, click on "Request this Item" to have the item pulled from the shelf and delivered to AHSL or another library for pickup. You must be logged into My Account to complete the request. You will be notified by text or email when the item is available for pickup.
Click on Log Out to end your webauth session.
You can now effectively find print and electronic materials in the Library Catalog by topic as well as by their authors and titles. And you can access the electronic resources to get to the full text.
If you need additional assistance, please contact the AHSL Librarian in your college.
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