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SAGES First Seminar: Catalog

This guide accompanies the library session for your SAGES first seminar

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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.


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.

  • 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.

Library Account

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
  • Renew books
  • Check any outstanding OhioLink requests
  • Find out if you have any fines
  • See your preferred searches, if you have created any