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Finding Books: Introduction

Tips and tricks for locating print and electronic books at the University of Saskatchewan Library.

Catalogue vs. USearch

Q: What should I use to look up books in the library?

USearch or the Catalogue?

A: Both will work!

USearch is the main search box on the library homepage and will show you relevance-ranked results (similar to a Google search). When you use USearch, you're actually searching within the Catalogue as well as many of our online databases at the same time. USearch is useful when you want to start off with a broad search and then narrow down your results as needed. Those results could include books, journal articles, and much more. You're more likely to get hundreds or even thousands of different results. 

The Catalogue is a searchable index listing everything the library has purchased or licensed, including all print material. It might be easier to use the Catalogue if...

  • You want to start off with a very narrow or specific search, such as finding out everything the library owns by a specific author or under a specific title.
  • You need to put a hold on a book or request a book that is currently out on loan.
  • You want to search by Library of Congress Subject Headings.
  • You want to search by the call number of the item you are looking for.

The Which search tool should I use? page has more details about which search tool to use when. 

Note: individual journal articles are not searchable in the catalogue - you should search USearch or a journal article database for these.


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