Search the Library Catalogue for books by entering keywords that describe what you are looking for.
You can also search by author name, book title or subject heading.
Try entering the following subject headings (or simply click):
Use the Advanced Search screen
Combine terms to be more precise using the 'AND' command
e.g. clothing AND smart materials AND Canada
Find synoyms using the 'OR' command
e.g. international OR global
Use single quote marks to match multiple words exactly
e.g. 'protective clothing' (Note: Summon using double quotes)
Use shortcuts to find words with different spellings:
e.g. correction$ will find correction, corrections, and correctional (but not corrective)
Find the library subject terms for your topic
e.g. if you browse by SUBJECT for the keyword Taser (which is a brand name) you'll see that libraries use the term stun guns instead
Call numbers help you locate items in the library. You will always find related books shelved together so understanding call numbers can help you find many resources on the shelves.
Still confused about call numbers? See our Call Numbers Demystified Guide!
Call number ranges to get you started:
Encyclopedias are a great way to get an overview of your topic.
Encyclopedias like The World Book, Encyclopedia Britannica, and Wikipedia cover a vast array of subjects while others, like the Encyclopedia of Interior Design, focus on a particular subject.
Dictionaries are handy to check definitions and spelling. Specialized dictionaries include The Fairchild Books Dictionary of Interior Design and A visual Dictionary of Architecture.
The library catalogue lists both scholarly and popular books.
To help you determine if a book is a "scholarly" title, use the following list to help you decide:
Who is the author?