Search for Books

How Do I Search for Books?

Do you know the Title of the book?

On the Quick Search screen, select "Title" from the drop down menu located next to the search box. Enter the title of the book in the search box. Click on the radio button marked "Begins with (Browse)" above the search box.

Image showing how to search for the title of a book using the Quick Search Feature of the CAT.

 

Are you unsure of the exact title?

On the Quick Search screen, select "Title" from the drop down menu located next to the search box. Enter the title word(s) that you know for the item in the search box. Click on the radio button marked "Keyword" above the search box.

Image displaying how to search for a book using the CAT if you are unsure of the title.

 

Do you know an Author and part of the Title?

Go to Advanced Search. (The advanced search link is located on the right side of the main search page in The CAT.)

Enter the title word(s) in the first box. Select ”Title” from the drop-down menu next to the search box. Enter the author’s last name in the next box down. Select “Author” from the drop-down menu next to the search box. Click "Search."

Image showing the advanced search if you know the book author and some of the book title.

 

Are you looking for books on a Topic?

On the Quick Search screen, select "Topic: Title & Subject" from the drop down menu located next to the search box.

Enter your topic word(s) in the search box. Click on the radio button marked "Keyword" above the search box.

Image showing how to search for a book by topic using the CAT.

 

How can I tell if the item is on the shelf?

Image of how the CAT details button appears.If your search has found two or more items: Click on the "Details" button beside a record that you are interested in to see more information about the item. On the "Details" page for the specific item, look at the bottom of the record to see whether the item is available or is checked out. Unless the item has a due date listed, it should be on the shelf at the location indicated.

Image displaying how to tell if the book is available based on information diplayed by the CAT database.

Image of how the CAT I Want It button Appears.If the item is available, you will want to note the call number and location. If the item is not available or is held at another location, click on the “I want it” button to place a hold on the item or to have it sent from another campus.