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Research Guides


How to search the library catalogue

Start at the library homepage

  • Develop keywords relating to your topic & enter them into the search field
  • Use Boolean operators like AND to link words & ideas together in your sarch
  • Use quotation marks to search words together as a phrase







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



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

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








How can Boolean searches improve my results?

How do I search for a specific phrase?

How can I combine simple searches using Boolean?

Reading a sample catalogue record


1. By clicking on    you open a menu and can choose to request the title, email yourself the link to the record, view the permanent link, view the citation, use RefWorks, log into My.Library using your library card, or print.

2. 'Holdings' you can review the locations where the resource is available, such as online and libraries.

2. 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 you UTORid & password.

3. The   button tells you if the book is available. Next you will see the name of a library and where in the library the book is located, i. e. stacks. The call number comes after. It is found on the spine of the book and the book is organized on the shelf according to this number.

4. Click on any of the tabs located at the top of the description page or scroll down to any of the sections to see rights, subjects, details, to have a 'look inside the book' (reviews and the table of contents if they are available), and to open the MARC view.


What does 'stacks' mean?

What floor is my book on in Robarts?

Find e-Books

To limit your results to e-books, select 'Online' in the 'Refine your search' column on the left of your search results.

How do e-books work at U of T?

What kind of e-readers work with your e-books? Kindle? Nook?

Intro to e-books at University of Toronto Libraries

How to locate a book on the shelf

Most University of Toronto libraries use a system called Library of Congress to organize books on the shelf.

To find your book, you will need to know its call number and which library it can be found in.

How to request a book

If the book you're interested in is listed as N/A...

  1. Check to see if there is another copy at another St. George campus library.
  2. If there is, go get it at that library.
  3. If there is not, you can request it online. Here's how:

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 instructors name, the course code, or the course name.


Click on the reserve item you need. Write down the call number but also take note of the library and the location of the item within the library i.e. (course reserves or stacks).

Robarts Library - 4th Floor - Course Reserves

  • When entering the 4th floor from the escalators or the elevator, head left.
  • Course Reserves is located against the wall behind a set of metal detectors.