Book Title Searches
Research skills include knowing the best way of finding the location of the books
and other materials you need for your studies.
You are about to start a live session of Library Search.
You will be able to switch between this tutorial and the Library Search session:
on all computers,
by first holding down the Alt key (at the bottom left
of the keyboard) and at the same time pressing the Tab key (at the left
of the keyboard) once.
Keep pressing Tab until you reach the Tutorial or Library Search screen, then release the Alt key
by simply clicking the Tutorial or Library Search screen
(whichever you need) if you see it in the background.
||Whenever you see this book with a question mark graphic
shown on the left, you will need to switch to Library Search (or later to the world wide web) using one of
Try practicing this now.
Right click on the link below.
Then click on
Open in new window (or new tab) to launch Library Search.
Open Library Search
Use Alt-Tab, or the task bar to return to this tutorial.
Leave the Library Search screen open.
Remember most graphics in this tutorial have a red border.
These are example screens that show what you should see
on the active screen at that stage of the tutorial.
These example screens
will not respond to input from you.
You now know how to identify citations to books,
and chapters in books and now you need to know how to find the electronic versions or in the case of printed material their locations and
There are three ways of searching for known books:
Search for the
Title if you know the exact book title. It's usually the quickest option.
Search for the
if you know an author's surname and first initial, but you are unsure
of the title.
Use a combination of title and author
Title searches are not case sensitive so it doesn't matter
if you use capital letters or not.
Punctuation is ignored, including foreign
You can type in all of the title of a book
e.g. principles of anatomy and physiology
You can truncate the title
e.g. principles of anatomy and
If you have lost your Library Search screen, right click on the link to the Library Home
Then choose Open (Link) in New Window or Open (Link) in New Tab
||Start at Library Search.
Change Limit to: from All items to books.
Type the book title
principles of anatomy and physiology
into the search terms box.
Don't click the Go button yet!
Use the drop down menu under the search box to change with my query words to with my exaxt phrase.
Use the drop down menu to change anywhere in the record to in the title.
Click on the Go button.
The search comes up with 4 titles.
Two of them, the first and the last, appear to be the same book except for & replacing and in the most recent edition.
(This may change so that all the books whether they have & or and in the title will be part of the same record. If this happens clicking on View # versions will show the other titles)
Sometimes you might get a long list of titles. These are sorted by 'Relevance'.
You can change this sort order by clicking on the drop down menu for Sorted by to help you find the particular item you're after.
Click on the drop down menu and then on Date-newest to re-sort these 4 books.
Now the record for the most recently published book is at the top of the list.
The record for this book shows the title
Principles of anatomy & physiology
Gerald J. Tortora and Bryan Derrickson
The publication date
The Barr Smith Library call number including the edition number (13th edition)
Compare this with the other book with the same title.
For this book the call number 612 T712.10 shows that this is the 10th edition published in 2003.
Usually the first edition of a book will not have an edition number as part of the call number.
Click on Locations to see the number of copies available, those copies that are on loan, the supplements to the main text, and where to find the copies and also the call number of the book.
At the time of writing none of the books was out on loan, they were all Available.
Three copies of this 13th edition along with the supplement were in Barr Smith Library, and one copy plus supplement was in Roseworthy Campus Library.
One of the copies and a supplement in Barr Smith Library is held in the High use collection, and the other two copies are in the Main Collection.
Click on the Details link.
Here you can see the chapters in the book (this is available only for relatively recent books), the place of publication and name of the publisher.
You should now know
- How to search for a book by its title
- How to find the collection, call number, and loan status
- How to distinguish between different editions of the same title
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Click on the link for Question 2.
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