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Finding and Using Books from Galvin Library: 1. Search for books

Overview

The library catalog contains the books, print journals, and other materials you can find within Galvin Library and beyond. When you search the catalog, you will usually be searching for a specific item or searching for any materials available about a specific topic. The boxes on this page will explain each scenario.

Note: if you are searching for a course textbook, use the link below:

Searching for a specific item

To search for a specific item, follow these steps:

  1. Open the IIT Library Catalog.
  2. In the search box, type in the information for your desired item. You may change the drop-down menu from Keyword to Title, Author, or ISBN/ISSN for a more exact search. The below screenshot includes a Title search example. Click the Find button on the right.
  3. The search will retrieve the items that contain those words (or variation of the words) in the title. For an exact search, you can place quotation marks around the words you'd like to search. 
  4. Locate the item you want in the results. If you see a box that states the item is "Available," that means that it is available to check out.
  5. Note the Call Number and the Location listed in the record. The Call Number is the number assigned to the item - for books, this appears along the spine of the book. Our books are classified according to the Library of Congress classification system, where books are assigned numbers, preceded by letters that signify the book's topic area. The Location is the general area within the library that you can find the book. You also have the option to text the call number and location to your phone by clicking on the "Text this" option. Always write down (or text yourself) the LOCATION and CALL NUMBER to find the book on the shelves.  You cannot locate the item on the shelf without both pieces of information. 
  6. Don't see your item? Try searching all "I-Share" libraries instead. Searching the I-Share catalog will retrieve items from our resource-sharing consortium. As an IIT student, you can request available items from these libraries. Unfortunately, due to licensing, we cannot borrow other schools' electronic books, also known as eBooks (see the Why can't I read eBooks owned by other schools?" box for more information about restrictions on electronic resources). To search all I-Share libraries, simply change the "Local Catalog Only" drop-down option at the top of the search page to "All I-Share Libraries." For more information about obtaining books and other items that IIT does not own, see the "Getting books that IIT does not have" page.
  7. See the next page, "Locate the book in the library or online," for instructions on obtaining your items.

Searching for books about a topic

If you don't have a specific title in mind, but want to see the resources available about your topic, follow these steps:

  1. Open the IIT Library Catalog.
  2. Click on the Advanced Search button.
  3. Here, you can enter keywords relevant to your topic and any other criteria you'd like to use, such as publication date. Click Find. If you receive too many results, try adding more search criteria; if you receive too few, try removing some criteria. And, of course, please ask a librarian for assistance if your search isn't retrieving the results you would like.
  4. Browse the results to find potential titles to check out.
  5. Note the Call Number and the Location listed in the record. The Call Number is the number printed on the bottom spine of the book. Our books are classified according to the Library of Congress classification system, where books are assigned numbers, preceded by letters that signify the book's topic area. The Location is the general area within the library that you can find the book. You also have the option to text the call number and location to your phone by clicking on the "Text this" option. Always write down (or text yourself) the LOCATION and CALL NUMBER to find the book on the shelves.  You cannot locate the item on the shelf without both pieces of information.
  6. Don't see enough options? Try searching all "I-Share" libraries instead. Searching the I-Share catalog will retrieve items from our resource-sharing consortium. As an IIT student, you can request available items from these libraries. To change the catalog search to search all I-Share libraries, choose "Edit this Advanced Search" and then change the "Local Catalog Only" option to "All I-Share Libraries." For more information about obtaining books and other items that IIT does not own, see the "Getting Books that IIT does not have" page.
  7. See the next page, "Locate the book in the library online," for instructions on obtaining your items.

 

Why can't I read eBooks I found in I-Share or WorldCat?

You'll likely come across eBooks or other online resources owned by other institutions in the I-Share or WorldCat catalog. Unfortunately, due to licensing restrictions, only current students, staff, and faculty at the university that owns the item can view them. 

To omit these inaccessible results, check the Hide eResources to which I don't have access box located on the Narrow Search menu:

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