Open Walther Library Catalog in another browser window to work through this tutorial side by side.
This tutorial will guide you through the steps of
You may use the arrows below to navigate this tutorial.
As you can see, there are many results for this search. The results are sorted by Library and Relevance. This means that books held by Kroemer Library will show up first on the list.
How many results have David P. Scaer listed as the Author?
The library collection is listed to the left of the call number. Many items are held in multiple collections in the library. Although reference items cannot be checked out, there may also be a circulating copy available. Check the Item Details to see availability for additional copies.
Try clicking one of the titles to see the Item Details.
Try clicking Description to see publication information, ISBN, subject headings, and the table of contents.
You can hide this information by clicking Description again.
Remember: Not everything in the Library can be checked out.
Items in these locations can be checked out:
Items in these locations cannot be checked out, but are available in the library:
Items in Library Rare Books may be used in the Library upon request.
Library Faculty Archives are not available, though there usually is at least one copy in the circulating or reference collection.
These libraries are sorted by proximity. You may set your search location to your street address to find the library closest to your house.
Sometimes you may find the book you want is just around the corner.
If an item is unavailable, members of the Seminary Community (Students, Faculty, and Staff), may request the item through Interlibrary Loan using the Request Item button at the bottom of the Availability section.
Note: If you are off campus, you will be asked to sign in before you are able to submit a request. You can sign in using your Library Barcode and password.
Under the Description section of the Item Detail the subject heading(s) attached to the item are listed.
Clicking on any of these subjects will conduct a new search based on that subject.
This can help you find items based on your subject of research which you may not have found using a keyword search. You may find books on your subject which you would never have guessed based on the title alone.
Glancing up at the search box, you will see the subject you clicked with the added prefix, su:
If you would like to search for this or another subject you have found, you may search again using this prefix.
Other common searching prefixes you may try are:
au: for Author (au:Scaer, David)
ti: for Title (ti:Discourses in Matthew)
Another useful search technique is Call Number Clustering which can be used to help you find the right shelving location to browse for your research.
Try searching for the subject Infant baptism.
As you review the results, note the call numbers without clicking through to any of the item details.
How do most of the call numbers for books on Infant Baptism begin?
Kroemer Library uses the Library of Congress Classification System which is organized according to subject. Since the library is arranged according to subject, most of the books on Infant Baptism will be found together.
As you are searching you may also notice patterns, such as when half the books on a subject will have call numbers that begin with one thing, and the other half of the call numbers begin with another. You may find that all the call numbers cluster around two or three areas in library.
When your search results reveal call numbers that cluster into one, two, or three areas of the library, instead of writing down all the call numbers, you can use these clusters to go to those sections of the library.
When you get to the shelf, you can then browse the shelf and find many books on your subject. Using Call Number Clustering helps you find out where to go so that you can find the books on the shelf without finding all the books in the computer.
This concludes the guide for using the library catalog. If you have any questions regarding access to any materials at the CTSFW Library, please feel free to contact the library.
Now that you know how to use the catalog, you may also want to try one of our other guides: