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Using the Library Catalogue

search tab

The Catalogue search options are Search, Advanced search, and Reading lists. The My loans button links to your loan details and Help provides access to guidance in using the catalogue effectively.

1. Finding books – Search the catalogue

This type of search finds records using keywords located anywhere in a record. It also provides searching options from pull-down menus. If you are looking for the book

Marshall, Lorraine A. & Rowland, Frances 2006, A guide to learning independently, 4th edn. Pearson Longman, Frenchs Forest, NSW.

you can search in a number of ways. The simplest search is for both author and title in the one search. In the 1st Search for box, type in the author's surname and any keywords (in any order)

marshall learning independently then select all of these

From the Search in box select:keyword anywhere Click on search

1.1 Display & location

From the list of titles displayed, click on any title to see where you can find the book. Clicking on Detailed record will provide more information about the title.

Location: Gippsland Library Branch left arrowwhere book is held

Call Number: 378.170281 M368G 2006 left arrowCall number

Number of Items: 16 left arrowNumber of copies at this branch

Status: available left arrow Copies out on loan, date due

To look at a number of entries, click on previousand nextto move through the list.

2. Finding books by subject

Click on new searchYou can also search for books on a topic: illegal immigration, for example. In the 1st Search for box type any keyword/s. Omit words "the, and, or":

illegal immigration then select all of these

From the Search in box select keyword anywhereClick on search

3. Reading Lists

Many subjects now have their reading lists (Including their Course Reserve material) on the catalogue. To view them, click on reading lists. You can then search by Unit Code or browse alphabetically.

4. Limits

Limits may be used to restrict your search by library location, year, language, type of material (e.g. book, journal, etc.). Limits can be set before or after you begin a search.

Click on apply search limits

search limits

Select appropriate limits and then click on set limitsNOTE: Search limits will remain in effect until you specifically clear them or until you close your browser. To clear limits click on clear limitsor click on clear history

5. Finding Journals

A journal can also be called a periodical, a serial, a magazine, or a newspaper.

Click on advanced search

From the Search in box select Journal title. Type in the EXACT title but OMIT the initial article (The, a, an, etc).

If you are looking for the journal Australian journal of zoology

In the box provided, type

Australian journal of zoology

Click on searchClick on the required journal to display location and holdings details. NOTE: this also displays journals available electronically.

6. My loans

Click on my loansto obtain your personal information, including items on loan, any items you have requested, and any fines and fees. Monash staff and students MUST use their AuthCate username and password. All others use their library barcode as username and last name as password. Due to personal details being displayed on the My loans page, you must make sure you logout when using public access computers.

7. Loan requests

Library patrons may place online recalls for books that are currently on loan or at another campus.

To place a HOLD, display the item, click on loan requestsand provide your details in the boxes

username and password

left arrowAuthcate username

left arrowAuthcate password

Choose HOLD, then click OK

You will then be asked to confirm your request by Selecting Any copyor Any copy at(select from the drop down menu).

Very important! You must specify the "Pickup" location from the drop down menu. The default is the Matheson Library Loans.

Click on send request

8. Hints and tips

If you want more assistance in using the catalogue, see search tipsor help

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