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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Catalog Answers

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*** MSU Library Catalog Exercise Answers***

All questions can be answered using the Library Catalog

Note: Please print a copy of this page to use as an answer sheet prior to clicking on the Library Catalog link.

*** Section One ***
Go to the Library Catalog by clicking on the link, "Library Catalog".
  • Do an Author Search for materials by John Toland.

To do so,

  • Type toland john in the text area provided below Type word or phrase.
  • Change the pull-down menu to the below Field to search from Anywhere in record to Authors.
  • Click the "Go" button.

How many records did you retrieve? 10.

Click on the title, Battle : the story of the Bulge . Examine the record for this book. The information for a complete citation for this book includes: author, title, publisher, and year. Please write this in formation below:

  • Author: Toland, John.
  • Title: Battle; the story of the Bulge.
  • Publisher:London, F. Muller.
  • Year: 1960.

What is the call number for Battle : the story of the Bulge ? D756.5 A7 T6 1960x

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Click on the link to the right of Location/Available to see if this book is on the shelf and available for you to borrow. Is it available? Yes _____ No _____. (The answer to this question will vary as the book may or may not be checked out.)

*** Section Two ***
To return to searching click on the link for Advanced Searches in located in the second blue header on the top of the page.
  • Do a search for one topic term in a record that is in the Library Catalog.  

As an example,

  • Type beluga in the Type word or phrase text area.
  • Leave the pull-down menu for Field to search on Anywhere in Record.
  • Click the Go button. 

How many records did you retrieve? 9.

Now, click the link for Guide to marine mammals of the world.

Scroll down until you see Subject in the left-hand column.

What are the Subject terms for this book? Marine Mammals and Marine Mammals--Identification.

Return the results list. Look in the Library Owned/Out column. If the Owned/Out column says 1/0 that means the book is on the shelf and can be checked out. If the Owned/Out column says 1/1 that means the book is not on the shelf and can not be checked out.

Is Guide to marine mammals of the world available to be checked out? Yes _____ No _____. (The answer to this question will vary as the book may or may not be checked out.)

*** Section Three ***
To return to searching click on the link for Advanced Searches in located in the second blue header on the top of the page.
  • Do a search for two topic terms in the title of records in the Library Catalog.

As an example,

  • Type anorexia in the Type word or phrase text area.
  • Change the pull-down menu for Field to search to Titles.
  • Now, type treatment in the second Type word or phrase text area.
  • Change the pull-down menu for Field to search for this text area to Titles.
  • Click the Go button.

What do all of the items retrieved have in common? All of the items have anorexia and treatment in their titles..

*** Section Four ***

To return to searching click on the link for Advanced Searches in located in the second blue header on the top of the page.

  • Do a Subject search for a video on Pearl Harbor.

To do so,

  • Type pearl harbor in the Type word or phrase text area.
  • Change the pull-down menu for Field to search to Subjects .
  • From Format in the Limit search to area click the down area and select Video Recordings.
  • Click the Go button.

Are all of the items retrieved videos? Yes X No _____.

Click on the title for each of the records retrieved. Is Pearl Harbor listed in the Subject area of the records? Yes X No _____.

*** Conclusion ***
The Library Catalog Exercise concludes at this point. If you have followed it correctly you can now use the catalog to find materials by author, keyword, title, and subject. You have also learned how to find non-print materials such as videos.