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Research Guides


Search the catalogue

How to search the library catalogue

Start at the library homepage

  • Develop keywords relating to your topic & enter them into the search field

On the following page, click where it says 'View all catalogue records'

To narrow your search, use some of the "Refine results" options on the left hand side of the search results page:

  • Scroll down to where it says 'Subjects'
  • Click on 'View more' to view full list of subject headings
  • Go down the list & try some of the subjects

Find the most recent books

Click on 'Publication Date' to reorder the list with the most recently published books at the top.

Choose your language

Scroll down to the yellow Language tab. Click the + sign to right to expand the list. Click 'View more' to see all the languages appearing in your results.

Find ebooks

To limit your results to ebooks, click on the green number next to the word "online" at the top of the search results page.

Reading a catalogue record

1. The number in the first column is the call number. It's found on the spine of the book & the book is organized on the shelf according to this number.

2. The second column tells you which library the book is held in.

3. The third column tells you where in the library the book is located e.g. stacks

4. The button tells you if the book is available or signed out.

5. The button is where you click to connect to an online resource. If you are connecting from off campus you will be prompted to enter your UTORid & password.

6. The button allows you to read reviews or the table of contents of a book if they are available.

Finding Course Reserves

Start at the library homepage. Hover your cursor over 'Quick links' & select  'Course reserves.'

  • Search for items on your course reserve list by entering your instructor's name, the course code, or the course name

Click on the reserve item you need. Write down the call number on the far left hand side but also take note of 1) the library and 2) the location of the item within the library e.g. (course reserves or stacks).

Robarts Library - 4th Floor - Course Reserves