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Southeast Asian Studies

Search the catalogue

How to search the library catalogue

Start at the library homepage

  • If you know the title of the work you are looking for, enter it. If you do not, develop keywords related to your topic.
  • Place quotations around words to search for them together as a phrase e.g. "Vietnam War" & search

  • On the following page, select 'View all catalogue records'

To narrow your search results, use some of the options on the left side of the results page

  • Scroll down to where it says 'Subjects'
  • Click on 'View more' for the full list of 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 under where it says 'Refine results'. 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 at the top of the search results page.

How to find the book in the library

1. Look up the title in the library catalogue.

2. Holdings tells you what library it is in, as well as the call number. Note the call number: E76.7 .K68 2009

3. Enter the elevators on the 1st floor of Robarts Library.

The books at Robarts are on the 9th to 13th floor. You can tell which floor you need by the letters at the beginning of the call number. A chart on the elevator tells you which call numbers are on which floor. In this case, E is on the 10th floor, with most other history books.

4. Once you are on the floor, find the section with the correct letters. The work your way through each line of the call number.

5. To sign out your book, take it back to the 1st floor and use one of the automatic machines. If you need help, ask at the loan services desk.


See a video on finding books at Robarts. It also includes tips on what to do if you don't find your book.

This second video will show you how to find a floor map in the library catalogue.

Reading a catalogue record

1. The number in the first column is the call number. It's found on the spine of the book and 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, reference, or course reserves

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.

Interlibrary Loan

Borrow books & articles from other institutions by placing an interlibrary loan request. To browse other libraries' holdings, try searching WorldCat. As a member of the Center for Research Libraries, U of T users can also request items from the CRL's collection.

To request an interlibrary loan, start by registering for RACER.

Once you have registered & logged in, click where it says 'Blank request form' on the far left of the RACER page. Fill out the form with as much detail as you can & submit.