Click on the photo to go to the catalog
A catalog is a list of all items found in a library. Resources such as books, e-books, and journals can be found in KSL's catalog to add to a research paper. You can access our catalog by going to http://catalog.case.edu or by clicking here.
During your classroom instruction at KSL, the librarian talked about finding books in our catalog by doing a "Keyword" and "Subject" search. These two ways of searching the catalog will be the best way for you to find what you need to write your research paper.
Remember, to make it easier finding books for your research paper to pay attention to what a record tells you about the book's location and if it is available.
Location: Books that say "Kelvin Smith Stacks" are on the 3rd floor of Kelvin Smith Library. There are other libraries on Case Western Reserve University's campus that may also have books you need. If you are unsure where the library is, use the hand out that has a map of the libraries or call the Main Service Desk, (216) 368-3506, at Kelvin Smith Library and someone can help you find the library you need.
Call No.: Call numbers contain a group of letters and numbers that give you a way to find a book in a library. For more information about the Call No., please click here. You will need the call number to know where to go here at KSL to find the book you want.
Status: When you see the status for a record, this will tell you if the book is available. If you see "Check Shelves", this status means the book will be on the shelf.
Searching the catalog by Keyword:
Remember to look at the Subject(s) listed in the record of a book you are interested in. Subject listings will help you narrow your topic and give you a list of books closer to what you would like to write about.
Searching the catalog by Author:
Searching the catalog by Title:
Searching the catalog by Subject:
Keyword searches: will search author, title, subject, and other descriptors of the book/item record. Will retrieve books/items that have the search term(s) anywhere within them. A keyword search is easy to perform and you usually can get a lot of records. But some records may be completely unrelated to your topic.
Subject searches: "Subjects" are specific words used by librarians to describe the main topics of a book/item. When you perform a subject search, you will only retrieve records that have the search term in the subject headings part of that record. Once you identify the assigned "subjects" for your topic, you can find the most relevant records to your topic.