The Library Catalog is used to locate a record of virtually any item in the library's holdings, be it a book, e-book, journal, e-journal, kit, DVD, government document, or other material. This record will then tell you where to find the item in the library (or if it is on-line, where you can access it) and can be used to point you to similar items should they exist.
You can access the library catalog from any computer with an internet connection via a link on the library website (See video below) or you may access the catalog directly using the following web address:
Tips on searching the catalog successfully:
Contact Research Services via phone (724) 738-2641, or in-person at the 1st Floor Research Services Desk if you need help using the catalog to locate materials.
What we are viewing here are the results of a Search By: Title Search and a Search For: Wind in the Willows. Bailey Library has four records with a title of "Wind in the Willows". If you wanted additional information regarding each individual title: for example, the date it was published, and if there are any notes or additional information describing the item, you would click on the title or the title/author.
However, the information on under each title does provide enough information to find the item in the library. You really only need three pieces of information to quickly find the material in the library: Library Location, Call Number, and Status. If you were to write the first two pieces of information down, and have basic knowledge of how an academic library works, you could probably find these materials within the library or on-line.
The Library Location will inform you which section of the library the material is in. We can see that one version of the Wind in the Willows is located on the 3rd floor in the Main Collection. Another version is located on the 2nd floor in the IMC (Instructional Materials Center). A third version of the Wind in the Willows is located online as an Electronic Book or E-Book.
Call Number: The Call Number will allow you to pinpoint the book's location. Materials in the Main Collection use the Library of Congress Classification System. Materials in the Instructional Materials Center utilize the Dewey Decimal System. Materials in the Reading Room are in alphabetical order by the author's last name.
Status: Indicates if the material is checked in (therefore available to be checked out), or otherwise missing. If a title is checked out, you can still enter the title's record and request a hold: you will be notified where you are in line and when the book is due back.
If a title is an electronic resource, you could click into the record (see example below) and from there, click on the Web Link to be directed to the database containing the material. Note that you will need your SRU Login and Password, or your library barcode to access the material if you are not on-campus. (Note: Due to licensing agreements, some materials may only be accessed while you are on campus.)
Note the wide variety of hyperlinks in the record: you could use these to continue your research. For example, if you're interested in other books in Bailey Library that are Juvenile Fiction and have to do with Animals, you could click on "Animals Juvenile Fiction" next to Subject. This would perform a Subject search for all materials with a subject of "Animals Juvenile Fiction" in Bailey Library's holdings. Or, if you're interested in other books by the author, you could click on "Grahame, Kenneth" by Main Author to view other books by Kenneth Grahame if Bailey Library has any.