Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Start Your Research - A Self-Guided Tutorial

A tutorial to take you through the research process.

3 - Catalog Basics

What is a library catalog?

A listing of the latest and greatest in library equipment? No, library catalogs list and provide locations for the scholarly books and other materials available in libraries.

Why should I use one?

Library catalogs help you locate books, videos, government documents, journals, and all of the other terrific resources libraries make available to you.

Why are books important when I’m beginning my research?

Books are a great place to get an overview of what’s known about a topic.

Students talkingStudents WorkingStudent Working