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In this lesson, you will learn how to use the library’s Cruzcat catalog to find research materials.
This lesson will build on Lesson 1: Search Terms and Keywords, so make sure you have already completed that lesson.
When you are ready to begin, use the arrows below to navigate through this tutorial.
*Note:The Science & Engineering Library collection is undergoing some changes in locations. Every effort is made to ensure this tutorial is current but please rely on the Cruzcat catalog for the most accurate location information.
Here are some things that you can find in the catalog:
So what is not included in the Cruzcat catalog?
You cannot use Cruzcat to find individual articles.
While journal, newspaper, and magazine titles are listed, the individual articles are not included.
For example, you will find Time magazine in Cruzcat, but you won’t find the article “When every minute counts” that was published in Time magazine.
To find articles, you will need to use a library database.
Test Your Knowledge
Under which of the following circumstances would you *not* use the Cruzcat catalog?
The fastest way to start a search in Cruzcat is directly from the library website homepage.
On the library homepage, locate the Find Books and More box (on the right below the library image slideshow).
Notice that this box is automatically set to search Cruzcat.
There are many ways to search Cruzcat.
You will see that the search box is automatically set to do a Keyword search.
Do a keyword search for: environmental activism
How many search results did you get?
Click on the first four title links in the search results and look for the red words in the record.
In what parts of the record did the catalog "look" to find the words environmental and activism?
Cruzcat automatically puts an "AND" between the terms you enter in a keyword search. This means that terms do not have to be in the exact order that you entered them or right next to each other.
If you want your search terms to appear in the exact order that you wrote them and right next to each other, you should search for them as a phrase.
Enclose your search terms in quotation marks to search Cruzcat for that exact phrase.
Change your keyword search by typing “environmental activism” in the search box (be sure to include the quotation marks!).
Now how many results did you get?
If you know the exact title of the book (or other item) that you want, you can search Cruzcat by title.
Which is the best way to begin a search for the book Conserving the Environment edited by Debra A. Miller?
Change Keyword to Title in the drop down menu and do a title search for the book Conserving the Environment.
How many results did you get?
You can also use Cruzcat to find books and other materials written or created by a specific person or organization.
Which is the best way to begin a search for a book written by the author Christopher J. Bosso?
Search for a book by Christopher J. Bosso (remember to select Author from the drop down menu and put the last name first)
Which of these titles is included in your results?
Click on the title Environment, Inc.: from grassroots to beltway to see its record.
Which one of these is a listed as a Subject for this book?
Notice that the subjects are links.
If you click on one of these links, you will see a list of Subject Headings. Clicking on a Subject Heading from the list will give you a list of items with that Subject(s) listed in their record.
After you have found a book in Cruzcat, you will need to use the location information in the record in order to find the book on the shelf.
To locate a book, look for the "Location" and "Call Number" in the record.
Look at the record for Environment, Inc.: from grassroots to beltway and find the location information.
Where is this book located?
You know the location of the book, but you will also need the call number in order to find it on the shelf.
What is the call number for the book Environment, Inc: from grassroots to beltway?
You know the call number and you know the book is in the Science & Engineering Library. But where is it inside the Science & Engineering Library?
Click the location link, S&E Stacks, in the record (a new browser window or tab will open).
These S&E floor maps have long green arrows showing alphabetical ranges for the call numbers. Look for which floor has a range beginning with "G".
On which floor can you find this book (call number GE1.B67 2005)?
Now you know how to find a book on the shelves at the library, but many of our materials are available online.
Do a new keyword search for environmental activism.
In the search results, find Environmental Activism a Reference Handbook. You will see this title listed twice because there is a print version and an online version.
Look at the the result that has "View online content" written below it and click on the TITLE of this entry.
Don't click "View online content" for this portion of the tutorial.
In the record, notice the box in the middle of the page that says “Connect to this online:”
Which link would you click to access this eBook?
TIP for accessing eBooks from off-campus: Use the Reload through OCA link (Where is the link?)
You are ready to take the Cruzcat quiz!
In which scenario should you use Cruzcat?
Which would be the best keyword search for finding books about Cuban music?
Why would you put quotation marks (“ ”) around words when searching Cruzcat?
Find the book with the title EATING AGENDAS.
Where is it located?
What is the call number of the book EATING AGENDAS?
On which floor of the Science & Engineering library is the book EATING AGENDAS?
Your professor has asked you to find a book by the author James Paul Gee. What is the best way to start your search?
How many books does the library have by the author James Paul Gee?
The library has a book on quantum marvels. What is its title?
Is the book Quantum Chance available online?
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