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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Catalog Exercise

Page address: http://lib.mnsu.edu/distlearn/exercises/catexercise.html

*** MSU Library Catalog Exercise ***

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? ________.

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:
  • Title:
  • Publisher:
  • Year

What is the call number for Battle : the story of the Bulge ? _______________.

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 _____.

*** 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? ________.

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? __________ and __________.

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 _____.

*** 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? _________________________.

*** 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 _____ No _____.

Click on the title for each of the records retrieved. Is Pearl Harbor listed in the Subject area of the records? Yes _____ 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. To see the answers for this exercise please click here.