ASU Libraries Catalog-An Introduction-Learning Badges

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Learning Outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • locate the ASU Libraries Catalog through MyASU or the ASU Libraries home page
  • use keywords to retrieve items
  • search using specific information about the item
    • author's name
    • title
  • review catalog record to locate the call number, location and status of an item
  • request items be sent from library to library for pickup

 

Introduction

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The ASU Libraries Catalog indexes books, journals and media [DVDs, CDs, & streaming] titles owned by the ASU Libraries.

There are multiple paths to the ASU Libraries homepage and Catalog, including MyASU, but for now this tutorial begins with the ASU Libraries homepage to your right.

 

 

How to Use this Tutorial:

Use the arrows on the progress bar below to move forward and backward in this tutorial.

As you advance, be sure to click on bolded and underlined words to see definitions!

Introduction

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There are two ways to find the catalog on the library home page:

Click on ASU Libraries Catalog tab in library search box in the middle of the screen. The tab is between Journals and Google Scholar.

Another path to the ASU Libraries Catalog from the Library home page is to click on the FIND menu on the Black task bar and select the ASU Libraries Catalog from the right column.

 

The default search when you open the catalog is keyword.

Keyword Searching

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Let's say that you are interested in reading about Harry Potter including catching up with any series titles you missed. In the search box, type in the words Harry Potter and click the button.

How many records did your search find?

Keyword Searching

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This time, let's add another word to our search.  Go back to the search box and type the word teaching after Harry Potter. Click the button.

Looking at your results list you see that Libraries have a few titles.

 

Scroll through the list of the dozen or so titles found. Which title appears to indicate the book discusses the use of stories such as Harry Potter in teaching.

 

Author Search

Go back to the search box at the top of the screen and change the drop-down menu to Author. Next, remove your previous words from the search box.

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 J.K. Rowling.

In the search box, type Rowling, J.K. and click the  button.

When the search results are displayed for your author, scan the screen to the right side under "entries found" to determine how many titles are in the collection.

How many titles did you find written by J.K. Rowling?

Title Search

Once again, go back to the search box at the top of the screen. This time change the drop-down menu to title.

 

     

Next, remove your previous words from the search box.

Following our theme of Harry Potter, let's look for the book that is "about" the character:

 Females and Harry Potter : Not All That Empowering by Ruthann Mayes-Elma.

Type the full title in the search box and click the button.

How many copies of this title does the ASU Libraries own?

 

Looking at the Full Record to Find the Location

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Look in the center of the record to find the spot where you see the book's location.

 

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

Looking at the Full Record to Find the Location

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When you click the library location a new window opens to identify the stacks location where the book is shelved.

Looking at the Full Record to Find the Call Number

Next to the Location you will see the call number.

 

Looking at the record, what is the call number of this title, Females and Harry Potter: Not All That Empowering?

HINT: When you are in the stacks where the books in this call number area are shelved, look at the surrounding shelves to find other works on the same topic.

Looking at the Full Record to Find the Book Status

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To the right of the call number you will see the book's Status. 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.
  • IN TRANSIT - this book is moving between the "owning" or "home" library and another ASU library.

Looking at the Full Record to Find the Book Status

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When a book has a status of "SHELF", what does that mean?

Requesting a Book

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You need a book about the Japanese internment camps during WWII. Specifically, you are looking for a book of cartoons depicting life within the Poston AZ camp.

Type these keywords in the search box:

  • cartoons
  • Poston
  • relocation camp

This search should locate the following book: Camp II, block 211; daily life in an internment camp.

As you look at the record, you will notice a Request button in the menu line above the search box at the top of the page.

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 West Stacks be pulled and sent to the Downtown Library, saving you a trip on the campus shuttle.

Requesting a Book

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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!

Books, with a shelf status, requested through the ASU Libraries Catalog take on average 24-48 hours to receive.

Requesting a Book

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Request function to RECALL a book

You may also use the Request button to Recall a book checked out by someone else.

If the book you need shows shows under 'status' that it is checked out to someone,follow the same process as before:

  • Click on
  • Log in with your ASUrite ID and password
  • Select which library you would like the book sent to for pick up.

This action initiates a recall. A recall happens when the Libraries contact another user, who has the item checked out, and asks them to bring the book back by a specified date.

The due date of the book is changed, 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.

Other ASU Libraries Catalog Searches

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

  • Journal Title: searches to find a specific journal
  • Course Reserves: searches to find what your instructor has put on reserve for your class
  • ISSN/ISBN: searches using the item's serial number
  • Subject: searches using Library of Congress subject headings
  • LC Call Number: searches using the call number of the book

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!

Conclusion

Learning Outcomes:

Now that you have completed this module, you can:

  • locate the ASU Libraries Catalog through MyASU or the ASU Libraries home page
  • use keywords to retrieve items
  • search using specific information about the item
    • author's name
    • title
  • review catalog record to locate the call number, location and status of an item
  • request items be sent from library to library for pickup

 

 

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