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Find Books (print & electronic) in our Catalogue

To find out what books, print and electronic, are available at the U of S Library, you must search the Library Catalogue. The Catalogue is your access point to records for  all books, journals, newspapers, reports, conference proceedings, etc. in the Library collection. The Catalogue indexes what we own and what we own access to.  Note: You are not able to identify or retrieve individual journal articles in the Catalogue.


(For help using our Mobile Catalogue from a cell phone or other mobile device, please see our Mobile Catalogue FAQs .)

Begin at the library home page (http://library.usask.ca).  The Catalogue tab is the default. 

Use the WORD option if you do not have titles or authors:

  • WORD is the default search option.
  • Enter your keyword(s).
  • If you have more than one concept to enter, combine the concepts using AND (e.g., students and multiple intelligences), OR (e.g. language acquisition or language learning), or, NOT (e.g. language learning not English second language).
  • Submit your search .

Use the TITLE option if you know the exact title of the book.

  • Use the drop-down menu and select "Title" as your search option.
  • Type in the beginning of the title, ignoring any articles such as "the", "a", or "an" (e.g., grapes of wrath).
  • Submit your search .

Use the AUTHOR option if you know the author of the book.

  • Use the drop-down menu and select "Author" as your search option.
  • Type in the last name of the author followed by the first name or initial.
  • Submit your search.

If the library has items by more than one author with the same name, you will be taken to an index of authors.  Select an author entry to view a list of titles by that author.  You may have to review more than one author entry.

Use the SUBJECT option if you know the Library of Congress subject heading associated with your topic.  Library of Congress subject headings are formal headings.    

  • If you are not sure of the subject heading use the WORD option (above).
  • In the detailed book record subject headings are listed in the Subject field. You may execute a new search from within the subject field by selecting a subject heading suitable for your topic. Watch for useful subject headings listed in this field.

Using the Advanced Search option.

  • Choose the Advanced Search option which is located just below the Catalogue data entry box.
  • On the Advanced Search page you may enter more than one keyword or phrase using multiple data entry boxes
  • Use the drop down menu associated with each possible limit and make your selections.
    • limit by location within the U of S Library system
    • limit by publication year, in order to identify and retrieve recent material or an item published in a specific year.
    • limit by material type ( e.g. musical score, e-book, etc.)
  • Submit your search.

Individual book records provide you with many details:

  • author, date, place of publication and publisher information - critical information for citing individual items
  • the status bar which gives you important information for retrieving a book - the location of the book as well as the call number, and whether the book has been signed out, or, is currently on the shelf.
  • individual records include subject headings and often include Tables of Contents. Subject headings and/or Tables of Contents can help you decide if the book is appropriate for your use.

You may be interested in Catalogue Search tips

If you have any questions about searching for books, or want help with your keywords or subject headings, ask for help! 

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