Searching the Library Catalog
The library catalog provides information on all BOOKS in Renfro Library as well as links to all EBOOKS available through our various online collections.
The catalog also includes MUSIC SCORES, MUSIC RECORDINGS, STREAMING MUSIC, FILM RECORDINGS and STREAMING FILMS available in the library or online.
To Search the Catalog by Title
Select TITLE from the drop-down menu next to the search box and enter all or part of the title in quotation marks.
- Example: “catcher in the rye”
Select the correct title from the displayed list to see all entries for that title.
To Search the Catalog by Author
Select AUTHOR from the drop-down menu next to the search box and enter the author’s last name, a comma and then all or part of the first name.
- Example: faulkner, w
- faulkner, william
Select the correct name from the list to see all entries for that author.
To Search the Catalog by Topic, You Can Search by Word or by Subject
WORD searches look for any word you enter in any part of a catalog entry. If you search this way, it is important to think of all possible words for the topic. General or frequently used words often bring up many entries that are not really on topic. To focus your topical search, do a SUBJECT search using Library of Congress Subject Headings
To Combine Various Elements
(author, title, etc.) or terms in a search, click on the “Advanced Search” button on the catalog homepage. You can combine elements or search terms using AND or OR. Use AND to connect search terms or phrases when you want to find entries that contain all of those terms. Use OR to list terms or phrases when you want to find entries that contain any one of the terms listed.
To Locate Books in the Library
Check to see if the status of the book is AVAILABLE, then write down the LOCATION and CALL #. Find the collection listed under Location and then look for the book by Dewey Decimal call number.
To View the Contents of an Ebook
Click on the link below the location and call number. You may have to click a second time on a link that says “View this eBook”. Once the book is opened, you can use the table of contents (usually at the left of the screen) or do a search within the book to identify information on your specific topic.