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Research Guides

Locating research materials: Part II

How to find resources in a particular field, locate theses and dissertations, and search for materials in Cyrillic.

How to find certain items

This guide will help you with:

1. The fastest way to find an item in the University of Toronto Libraries catalogue if you know the title

2. Finding resources in a particular field

3. Browsing reference materials, such as encyclopedias, directories, and dictionaries

4. Finding theses and dissertations

5. Transliteration

6. Citing sources

7. Creating a bibliography using citation management systems (for example, RefWorks)

The fastest way to find an item

If you know the title of the item you are looking for, you can do the following:

1. Go to the library homepage and type the title in the Start your search box, for example, Doctor Zhivago (see screen shot in step #1).
2. Put a checkmark in the By title box (step #2).
3. Click on Search (step #3).

4. You will get a broad list of results which include books, articles, audio, video & DVDs, music scores etc. Click on View all results # at the bottom of the section which you are interested in. For instance, if you are looking for the book Doctor Zhivago in Russian, go to the section Books and click on View all results 38. 

5. Once you can see a list of results, you can refine your search by using relevant filters in the left column of the web-page. Scroll down to Language and choose one in Russian

6. You got your book. It is shelved in Robarts in Course Reserves which means that it is a course mandatory reading for the current term and you can read it in the library only or take it away for no more than 2 hours. You can also wait until the end of the term when the book will go back to stacks.

7. Once it is in the stacks, you will need to find it on the shelves by its call number PG3476 .P27 D6 1964 in order to check it out. To locate the book, Robarts Stacks Guide would be in help. Regarding this item, it says that books with a call number starting with PG letter are located on the 12th floor of the library. 

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