The library catalog is the tool you can use to search for materials that are available in the library. Through the library catalog, you can search for books, eBooks, videos, journals, and so much more.
You can find (and search!) the library catalog from the box on the library website homepage.
There are many ways to search in the library catalog. Check out the SCC Library's video tutorial on how to search in the SCC Library Catalog. If you have any questions about using the SCC Library Catalog, please Ask a Librarian!
To search in the library catalog, type your keywords into the search box. You can adjust your search to search:
To search the catalog, type your keywords into the search box. You can also search if the library has books by a certain author or a specific book by its title.
Once you search for a book, you will notice different filters on the left side of your screen to narrow down your search. Some of the helpful filters to find a book are: Campus Library, Item Type, and Limit To Print/Physical Items or Available Online (eBooks).
To learn more about a book (and to see if it is available for check-out), click on the book's title. That will take you to the record for the book, which has a lot of useful information.
Learn more about searching in the SCC Library Catalog by checking out the below video.
If you find a print book that you want to find on the shelves, there is some information that you will need first. All of the information can be found in the book's record page in the library catalog.
The Campus tells us which of SCC's campuses this book is located on. Black Women Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement is located on the Giles/Central Campus Library.
The Section tells us which section of the library this book is in. Black Women Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement is located in the Stacks - Circulating Section.
The Call Number tells us which bookshelf the book is on. The Call Number for Black Women Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement is E185.61 .A4415 1996.
Whether you look up a book in the library catalog or find a book on the shelf in the library, you are going to find a call number for the book. Think of the call number as the book's address on the shelf. The call number is going to tell you where the book is located on the shelf, plus some other information about the book.
A book's call number can be found in a few places:
The call number for Black Women Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement is E185.61 .A4415 1996.
E185.61: This is the subject of the book. The SCC Library uses the Library of Congress Classification System, which groups books together by subject area and not by author's name, like the Public Library does. This can be helpful for doing research, since the books about your topic will all be in the same area of the library.
For example, books in the E185.61 section are all going to be about United States History.
.A4415: This tells us about the author's last name. .A4415 is the number assigned to the author of this book, Zita Allen.
1996: This is the year the book was published.
**Helpful Tip: When searching for books on the shelf, pay close attention to the first grouping of numbers in the call number. In our example, E185.61 .A4415 1996 is one hundred (100), so when beginning to look for the book, you should skip over the E10s and HD900s and start in the E100s.