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Search the Library Catalogue

Use the Library Catalogue to search for books, ebooks, movies, music and more.

To search for articles, go to the A - Z List of Databases

Keyword Search:

Starts With (Browse Search):

Switch to: Advanced Search | Call Number Search | WorldCat Discovery

Help: About the Library Catalogue | About WorldCat Discovery

Search Tips

Keyword Searching

A keyword search allows you to search for a word, words or a phrase anywhere in the library catalogue record (such as author name or words appearing in the title).

  • When using more than one keyword, connect keywords using AND, OR, NOT

    Example: atwood and flood [retrieves 3 items]

    A search using the same keywords without AND, OR, NOT will only retrieve items that have the keywords in the same field of the catalogue record. 

    Example: atwood flood [retrieves only 1 item]
  • When searching for an exact phrase, enclose the phrase using single quotes. 

    Example: 'global political economy' and capitalism
  • It's always a good idea when searching for information on a topic to use multiple search strategies and to account for variations in language, terminology, spelling, etc.

For example: modernism and (theatre or theater)

For more information and examples, please see About the Mount Allison University Library Catalogue

Starts With or Browse Searching

A Starts With (or Browse) search allows you to browse a list of titles, authors or subject headings that correspond to the information you provide.  This type of search is best used when you are searching for a particular title, author or subject.

Subject searches can be an effective way to find information about an author or topic. 

  • Subject searches use Library of Congress SUBJECT HEADINGS. These are standardized headings assigned to a book to describe what the book is about. A single book may have one or, more likely, several different Subject Headings.
  • Subject headings work pretty much the same way tags work on social networking or photo sharing sites: you can click on a subject heading to find other books on the same or similar topic (the same way you can click on a tag to find more photos of kittens).

To search by Subject in the Library Catalogue, click the Starts With button and then select LC Subject from the drop-down menu.

Useful Subject Headings when searching for information about an author (or artist, composer, film director, etc.) and/or his or her works include:

    Name of author (Last name, first name)
    Name of author (Last name, first name) -- Criticism and interpretation.
    Name of author (Last name, first name). Title of a specific work.

For example:

    Atwood, Margaret, 1939-
    Atwood, Margaret, 1939- -- Criticism and interpretation.
    Atwood, Margaret, 1939- Handmaid's Tale

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For more information and examples, please see About the Mount Allison University Library Catalogue

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Understanding Call Numbers

Books and other materials are organized and shelved by subject.

The following guides describe the classification system used by academic libraries and explain how to read a call number: