Finding Books and More in the UCLA Library Catalog



Hey, there, Bruins! Here's a quick tip from your friends at the UCLA Library. Today's topic: Finding Books and More Using the UCLA Library Catalog If you're looking for books, articles, media, and other resources, you have two places to search. You can search in the UCLA Library Catalog for materials at UCLA, or you can search in the Melvyl Catalog to find materials at all UC campuses, and libraries around the world. In this tutorial, you will learn how to
use the UCLA library catalog to find resources here at UCLA, filter your
search results, and identify key information available in a catalog
record. First off, what does the library catalog
contain? The UCLA library catalog provides
information about books, articles and other media in library locations across
campus. Let's take a look around the catalog.
Start by going to the library homepage at library.ucla.edu From here, you can access both the
Melvyl Catalog and the UCLA Catalog. First, make sure that UCLA Library
Catalog is selected. You can begin a search by typing
directly on this page. Note that you can search by keyword, title, author, subject,
and more. Let's see what comes up when you do a keyword search. When you do a
keyword search, the Catalog searches multiple fields, such as the title, author
and subject. In your search results you will see items of all types. In this
example, there are essays, a musical score, books, a graphic novel, and more.
If you'd like to filter your search results by format or time of publication,
you can do so here. Let's take a look at this item. Once you click on the item, you
will be taken to the catalog record. The catalog record shows the information you need to
find the item, as well some extra features. You can see which libraries
house your item by looking at the location. Sometimes it can be found at only one
library location and other times it can be found at multiple locations. You can
also find the call number here, as well as whether or not the item is checked out. If you want to find similar items, you
can always look in the subject headings. These are tags that take you to more
materials with the same subject. The UCLA Library Catalog also has some great
tools to help you keep track of your search results. You can save the item to
your bookbag, where it will remain until delete it, or you can email yourself the
record. If another student currently has the item checked out, the request an item link enables you to request the item from them. You can also use this
link to request an item held at the Southern Regional Library Facility. Don't
forget, if you need help you can always ask a librarian! We're there for you 24/7!
So what's next? Here are just a few ideas. Check out our guides and tutorials on the
library website under the Research and Teaching Support section for help with a
variety of topics, including searching in the Melvyl Catalog. Schedule a research
consultation or drop by one of our libraries for help with your search. Want help with the next steps? Come visit us, at one of our many campus
locations!

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