ASU Libraries Catalog - Introduction

Open https://lib.asu.edu in another browser window to work through this tutorial side by side.

Using the library homepage to your right, go to the ASU Libraries Catalog.

To get there:

  • Click on the Catalog tab in the top-center box on the page, between Journals and Google Scholar

You should now see a search box. This is the ASU Libraries Catalog.

Keyword searching

The default search when you open the catalog is Keyword.

Let's say that you are interested in reading books about a sport you watched and found interesting during the Olympics. In the search box, type the words WOMEN SWIMMERS and click the gray Search button.

How many records did your search return?

Looking at book's record - Author

Scrolling through your list of results, you find a book you would like to read: Golden Girl: How Natalie Coughlin Fought Back, Challenged Conventional Wisdom, and Became America's Olympic Champion.

Who is the author of this book?

Looking at the book's record - Location

In the bottom left of the record, there is a spot where you can see the book's Location.

What we mean by Location is: which library is this book shelved in? Or, is this an e-book?

Looking at the record for this book, where can it be located?

Where is this book shelved?

Looking at the book's record - Call Number

Next to the Location you will see the Call Number.

The Call Number is basically the street address for a book. You need it to find where a book exists on a particular shelf.

Additionally, the Call Number can indicate the topic of a book, and you can look at the surrounding shelves to find other works on the same topic.

What is the Call Number of this book?

Looking at the book's record - Status

There are many different ways in which a book's Status may appear. Here are some common ones:

SHELF - the book is not checked out to anyone else, and you should be able to locate it on the shelf.

DUE **-**-**** - the book is checked out to another ASU student or faculty member.

ON HOLD - the book has been reserved by another ASU student or faculty member and is not available on the shelf.

LIBRARY USE ONLY - this book cannot be checked out by anyone. However, since it cannot be checked out, it should be on the shelf for you to read and use.

Author searching

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At the top of the screen, next to the search box, change the drop-down menu to Author. Next, remove your previous words from the search box.

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To search for an author, type in the author's Last Name, a comma, then the author's First Name or Initial(s).

Let's look for works by the very popular author Neil Gaiman.

In the search box, type Gaiman, Neil and hit Search.

How many results did you get?

Using the Request button

As you look at your list of results, you will notice a Request button that looks like this:

Since materials are spread across four campuses and eight libraries, you may use the Request button to have items sent from place-to-place for you to pick up.

For instance, you may Request a book from the Polytechnic Stacks be pulled and sent to Hayden Library, saving you a trip on the campus shuttle.

Click on Request, enter your ASUrite ID and password, then select the location where you want to pick up the book. It's that easy!

Using the Request button - Recall

You may also use the Request button to Recall a book from someone else.

If the status of a book shows that it is checked out to someone:

Click on Request, log in with your ASUrite ID and password, and select which library you would like the book sent to.

This changes the due date of the book, giving the person who has it two weeks to return it. They can no longer renew the book, and if it is not returned on time, a large fine is assessed.

Title searching

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At the top of the screen, next to the search box, change the drop-down menu to Title. Next, remove your previous words from the search box.

Title searching

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To find a specific book, put the full title in the search box.

Let's look for the book Improv Comedy by Andy Goldberg.

Type Improv Comedy in the search box.

Which libraries have this book?

Other types of searches

There are many other types of searches you can do in the ASU Libraries Catalog:

  • Journal Title, to find a specific journal
  • ISSN/ISBN, which uses the item's serial number
  • Subject, which uses Library of Congress subject headings
  • LC Call Number, which uses the call number of the book
  • And more!

Explore the catalog on your own, and you'll see just how many different ways you can locate the millions of items the ASU Libraries have for you to use!

Quiz

To Begin: Open the ASU Libraries Online Catalog. Select "Title" as your search and type in the title Five Skies.

Question #1: Who is the author of Five Skies?

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Question #2: In what library is Five Skies located?

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Question #3: What is the Call Number of Five Skies?

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Question #4: If you wanted to have Five Skies sent from its library to the Music Library, what button should you click?

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Question #5: When a book's status is Shelf, what does that mean?

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