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Searching the library catalog: Some basics

Basic information on how to search for and find books in the library.

Catalog Search: Sample Results

Books are likely to provide the most in-depth information.  Because of the importance or impact of your subject (person, place, idea, work of art/literature or event), some books may focus on a particular aspect, event, relationship, or influence.  A narrower focus can lead to greater depth.  Below is an example using Charles Dickens.

Using the Web page to find books

Choose the Summon box in the middle and enter either a title, author, or keyword. The results will bring you articles, books, etc., so use the filters on the left to choose Library Catalog and Content Type Book. If there is a call number next to "check availability," the book will be on our shelves; if there is no call number, it means that the book is at another ConnectNY institution and you can request it.

Library Catalog Search

An alternative method is the Classic Catalog. Scroll down to the blue section of the web page and choose "Classic Catalog" in the second column. This page will then appear:

Enter keyword(s) to browse the Library Catalog for Books, Journals, DVDs and more.
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