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Search using the CWRU Library Catalog
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:
You want to find a specific book
You want to see what books the library owns written by a specific author
You want to find books that deal with a particular subject or topic
You want to explore other holdings in the library, such as DVDs, videotapes, sound recordings or government documents
Each of these can be found by using the catalog. The screen shot below shows you what the catalog looks like. Click on it to open the catalog in a new window. In the additional boxes below, you can learn more about specific ways to use the library's catalog.
Library catalog for all CWRU libraries and affiliate libraries.
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.
Searching by Library of Congress Subject Heading can be useful in many cases.
If you already know the LCSH of your topic, you can search this directly
For books about a person, you can use the person's name (lastname, firstname) as a subject search to find books about that person (for more information about finding biographical information, click on the tab at the top of this page.)
Note that MeSH stands for Medical Subject Heading- these are used for topics specific to the health sciences.
After logging in, you'll be able to see and do several things related to your library account, including:
See what books you have checked out
Check any outstanding OhioLink requests
Find out if you have any fines
See your preferred searches, if you have created any