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Finding Books, Media, etc.
the information in this unit reveals, the online catalog contains
records for all items owned by Tarleton libraries:
Catalog records contain in-depth information about each item and help
patrons locate what they are looking for in the library, as well as
online in many cases.
In addition to offering records for library items, the catalog allows
online access to request forms (interlibrary loan and purchase suggestions)
and library information (hours of operation and staff directory).
Also, personal accounts are accessible in the catalog, which let patrons
review their accounts and renew checked out materials.
After reading the information in Unit 5, you should understand how
materials in the library are organized, how to read call numbers,
and how to use the catalog's search options (i.e. author, title, subject,
etc.). This information combined with the search strategies discussed
in Unit 4 (e.g. boolean operators, phrase searches, truncation, and
so on) should enable you to effectively and efficiently use the catalog
to locate materials for your research projects--whether academic,
professional, or personal.
As noted in this unit, the catalog does not contain information about
periodical articles, which are important information sources. Other
library tools must be used to locate periodical articles. Information
about these tools (their characteristics and use) and instructions
for locating articles using citations are offered in the next unit.
Library Orientation Site Index
6: Finding Articles & Citations