You can search for books using the Library Catalogue. You can search by title, by author, by keyword, by subject or by call number.
What is included in the Catalogue?
The Library Catalogue will help you find books, e-books, journals, magazines, newspapers, government publications and A-V materials such as music CDs and films on DVD.
What is not included in the Catalogue?
Articles. You cannot search for magazine, journal or newspaper articles in the Library's catalogue. You can use the library's databases to search for and access articles. See How do I search for articles?
Some older books. Some very old items can be found only by searching the Library's card catalogue. The card catalogue is located in storage in the R.P Bell Library. Please ask a Librarian at the Research Help Desk if you would like help searching the card catalogue.
WorldCat Discovery Services
Most library materials* are arranged by subject according to the Library of Congress Classification scheme. This scheme allows materials of similar content and topic to be shelved together.
To find an item in the Library, search the Library Catalogue and make note of both the Call Number and the Location.
Once you know the call number, refer to the Library Directory to find out on what floor the item is located.
For more information about the Library of Congress (LC) Classification Scheme, please see Understanding Call Numbers on the Research Tips page.
* Some exceptions apply: Current issues of journals and newspapers received in print are displayed alphabetically in the current display shelving. Back issues of all journals are shelved according to call number in the journal stacks. Some titles may only be available on microfilm. The University's main microfilm collection is housed in the Microform Room on the ground floor of the R.P. Bell Library.
All items on course reserve may be found by using the Library Catalogue.
Once in the Catalogue, click on Course Reserves. You then have the option of searching for materials by: Instructor, Course Name, or Course Number.
Once you have identified the item(s) that you need, simply ask for it at the Access Services desk.
Items on course reserve in the Music Library are also accessible via the Library Catalogue; ask for them at the Music Library Access Services desk.
When requesting items on course reserve, please ask for the item by AUTHOR, and specify whether it is a book, a photocopy, or a binder.
For more information, please see Course Reserves on the Services & Facilities page.
Research materials (including books and articles) that the Mount Allison Libraries do not own or to which we do not have electronic access may be requested via Interlibrary Loans (ILL).
To place an ILL request, please read the instructions on the Interlibrary Loans page and then complete the ILL web form (accessible from the ILL page).
The Inter-Library Loans Department is located at Access Services in the Main Library.
Mount Allison students and faculty may also borrow books in person from other university libraries by obtaining a CAUL card.
You can search for articles published in journals, magazines and newspapers using Library Databases such as JSTOR, Project Muse or Science Direct.
What is a Library Database?
Databases permit you to search for articles published in scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers.
The Mount Allison Libraries provide access to over a hundred databases. Some are subject- or discipline-specific (such as PsycINFO) while others are multidisciplinary (such as JSTOR).
You can then browse a list of indexes and databases by Title or by Subject.
If you're not sure which database to search, use the drop-down Subject menu and click on the subject area most relevant to your research.
How to Access/Get the Articles Uncovered by Your Search
Many library databases provide full-text access to articles. When the full text of an article is available, you can access the full article directly from the database you used to find it.
Some databases do not provide full-text access to articles. They simply serve as indexes that help you discover and identify articles on a topic. The article may be available in print format in the library or in digital format in another database.
To find out if the article you want is available at the library, simply look up the title of the journal (or magazine or newspaper) in which it was published in Journal Finder or in the Library Catalogue.
A Two-step Process
It can sometimes be helpful to think of the process of searching for articles as a two-step processs:
Step 1: Identify relevant articles and the journal/newspaper/magazine in which they were published.
If the database you are searching does not provide the full text of the article you want, move on to step 2.
Step 2: Find out where the article is available
Please note that certain databases provide full-text access to some articles but not others. If the full-text of the article you want is not available, then simply move on the Step 2.
What to do if the article you want is not available at the library (step 3)
If the article you want is not available at the library, you can request it using the library's interlibrary loan service.
To limit your search to only films and videos, use the Limit by Type drop-down menu on the Advanced Keyword Search page and select DVD or Video, depending on which format you are looking for.
You can also limit your search to films and videos when performing a Keyword Search by including the word "videorecording" as part of your search.
For DVDs, include "dvd" as part of your keyword search.
You may renew your books in person at the Access Services Desk or by phone by calling 364-2568 (R.P. Bell Library) or 364-2561 (Music Library).
You may also renew books online using the Library Catalogue.
To renew books online, access the Library Catalogue and click on "My Account."
Enter your Student or Employee ID number in Alternate ID field (including the initial zeros) and your Library PIN.
Once this information is entered, you will have access to your Patron Account Information and may be able to renew the items listed in your account, providing that you have not exceeded your fine limit, that your books have not been requested or recalled by another patron, and that you have not exceeded the number of allowable renewals (varies by item). After you have completed the renewal process, you should verify that all of the records for the items you wanted renewed have been updated.
In order to access these databases from off campus, you need to prove that you are a member of the Mount Allison community. When you're off campus, this means logging on with your user ID and password.
Not all of the databases to which the library provides access include full-text content. Also, those databases that do include full-text content don't always have the full-text for all volumes and years of a given journal title.
In some cases, the library may have a print subscription to a journal, magazine or newspaper.
The simple answer is that not everything is available in digital format. Certain scholarly and non-scholarly publications remain accessible in print only.
Remember that you can use the library's interlibrary loan service (details above) to request articles (and books) that are not available at the Mount Allison Libraries.
It's entirely possible that you have stumbled upon a topic that has received very little scholarly attention. If the topic is very new (for example, if you are working on a recently published novel or a story that has just recently appeared in the news), then there may be little published on the subject.
Other factors to consider include where and how you are searching.
Where have you been searching?
How have you been searching?
Please see Library Gifts in Kind: Information for Donors on the Library Policies page.
Wireless network access is available in the Library to Mount Allison students, faculty and staff.
Please see the Computing Services Department Connecting to the Mount A Wireless Network for instructions on how to connect.
Ask a Librarian!
You can speak to a Librarian in person at the Research Help Desk or in the Reference Librarians Office (Room M11, Main Floor) in the Library; by phone by calling 364-2564; or ask your question by e-mail by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
During the fall and winter terms, you can also ask questions using the library's live chat service.
Contact details for all librarians is available on the Ask a Librarian page.
Updated Sept. 2018 / LL