Using the library catalogue

Using the library catalogue


Books are a great place to start your
research. They cover the big picture answering questions like what, who, where,
when and how. To find books at UTS, start at the library catalogue. It’s a search engine for our collection of print and e-books as well as other materials like journals
and DVDs. In the Starting Assignment module, we identified these topic words and
limiting words. Let’s see how they work. Hmmm. Only one result. A common problem when
searching is not finding enough results. Here are some tips. Try removing a word
that may be too specific like factors or choose a broader word, for example child
instead of childhood. This works well in the catalogue because it’s mainly looking
for words in the title and books tend to have broad titles like childhood
obesity. Let’s test this out. What happens if we
remove the word factors. OK this looks better. How can we find even more? Childhood obesity is common in lots of
Western countries including Australia so what happens if we remove the limiting
word Australia. Excellent. These look more relevant. How about this one? See the button for Google Preview at the
bottom? Google Preview lets you browse the table of contents and decide if this
book has useful information. Part One is about genetic and environmental factors.
Perfect. If you want to borrow the book and it’s available, note the call
number then click on the number to check its location. If the book is not
available try borrowing a copy from another library using BONUS Plus or go on
the waiting list by clicking request item. Some books are also available as e-books –
a good option if you are not physically at the library but want to read the book
right away. To find e-books, use the menu on the left under format to select web.
These books are accessible from any computer with an Internet connection. For
example, if you want to read the book Early childhood obesity prevention
policies, click on available then electronic login and you’re in. In this video
we covered when to use books, how to find books on a
topic using the library catalogue, how to increase the number of search results
and how to access e-books.

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