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Search strategies

For additional tips refer to the Search Strategies page.

Finding books with the library catalogue

Try a "Simple Search" of the Library Catalogue here.

Use the "anywhere" option if you have some keywords on a topic you need information about. You can also use the drop down menu to select other search options.

 Advanced Search

Sample Catalogue Search

Searching for books is similar to searching for journal articles, except for WHERE you search.

Start by combining keywords using AND, OR, NOT.

When you find a book that you like, check that it is IN and write down the CALL NUMBER to find it in the library.

To ONLY see the UTSC books or other items, click on "UofT at Scarborough".

However, don't dismiss books at other libraries! You can request them easily through the FREE Inter Campus Delivery (ICD) service. Simply click the 'options' button, then the 'request' link in the catalogue record.

Next, enter the barcode number on your T-Card and PIN (typically the last four digits of your student number). Choose intercampus delivery, select Scarborough, and enter an email address that you check frequently (you'll get an email when the book arrives). Make sure that you order the book AT LEAST 3 business days (preferably a week) before you need it.

Use Subject Headings

Screenshot of a sample catalogue record with subject headings

When you have found a book that seems useful, don't forget to look at its subject entries; if you see one that looks good, click that to get to other titles that have been given that subject heading.

Narrow down your search

Screen shot of the options available in the catalogue for narrowing down searches

You can narrow down the search results in the catalog a number of different ways, including by location (1), by subject (2), and many other ways including publication year, language, and format (such as "book" or "film") (3 - scroll down).

Get books off the shelf at UTSC Library

When you find a book that you like, check that it is IN and write down the CALL NUMBER to find it in the library.  (Note:  Stacks means shelves.)  We use call numbers to arrange books in the library.  Ask a library staff member to help you locate the book if needed. 

Call Numbers starting with A - JN:  Go to the shelves (stacks) on the upper floor of the library.  Search by call number.

Call Numbers starting with JQ - Z:  Go to the shelves (stacks) on the main floor of the library, past the circulation desk and down the corridor on the left. Search by call number.