The library catalog is one of the primary ways to find sources of information available to you as a student at Case Western Reserve University.
When might you want to use the catalog? Here are a few examples:
Search by Title or Author
The most straightforward way to search the catalog: search this way if you have a specific title you are looking for, or want to see what books we have written by a particular author.
Note that this search also works for videos and DVDs! Search by title for a movie, or by author for an actor or director.
Search by Keyword
Searching the catalog by keyword is the broadest way to access the catalog. The catalog will search for the words you enter anywhere within the catalog record of the book- in the title, subject headings, table of contents, notes fields, etc.
When to use keyword
Keyword search is best used when you have a topic to search, particularly if you are unsure of the official Library of Congress Subject Heading for that topic. An example might be "global warming". The search results will be returned sorted by relevance. Click on date or title links to sort by those fields.
Search by Subject
Searching by Library of Congress Subject Heading can be useful in many cases.