How to use the Library Catalog

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Finding DVDs

To find DVDs and videos using the library catalog:

  1. enter your search terms
  2. on the left side of page, check the DVD box in the "Format" section
  3. your new results will be displayed

Finding materials in San Diego

To find materials available at the San Diego campus using the library catalog:

  1. enter your search terms
  2. using the “location” dropdown menu next to search box, limit your search to “San Diego”
  3. click “Search”

Renewing library materials

To renew materials checked out from the library using the library catalog:

  1. click "My Library Account Sign in" on the top right of page
  2. log in with your regular Woodbury account (the same one you use to log in to any computer on campus or to the wireless network)
  3. once you are signed in, click "My Library Account" on top right of page
  4. all your checkouts will be listed. Click "renew" in far right column for any items you want to renew
  5. you will be given new due dates for renewed items
  6. "Sign Out" when you are finished

NOTE:  You may renew materials two times unless a hold has been placed on the item by another user.

Checking your account

To check your library account using the library catalog:

  1. click "My Library Account Sign in" on the top right of page
  2. log in with your regular Woodbury account (the same one you use to log in to any computer on campus or to the wireless network)
  3. once you are signed in, click "My Library Account" on top right of page
  4. under the heading "My Woodbury University Library account" you will see three tabs, "Checkouts," "Holds," and "Charges"
  5. click on each tab to see more information
  6. "Sign Out" when you are finished

Placing a hold on library materials

If the item you would like from the library is already checked out, you can place a hold on the item.

  1. when viewing an item, click the “Place Hold” button that is on the right of the screen
  2. log in with your regular Woodbury account (the same one you use to log in to any computer on campus or to the wireless network)
  3. select the pick-up location by changing the “location” dropdown menu to your location
  4. if desired, set a hold schedule by clicking on the plus sign next to the words "set hold schedule"
  5. you will be notified when the item arrives at the library

NOTE:  You cannot place a hold on an item that is currently available.  Holds are only used for items that are checked out to another borrower.

How to locate the item in the library

Materials in the Woodbury University Library are arranged in several collections, including Reference, Stacks, Oversize, Special Collections, Media Collections and others. To locate an item in the library’s collection, use the call number you find in the library’s online catalog. Be sure to:

  1. Note the item’s location, which is listed under the "Location" column in the item’s record.
    EXAMPLE: For the book Builders of the Pacific Coast by Lloyd Kahn.
    In the “Find a copy in the library” box:
    Location: Burbank Stacks
    Status: Available
    Call number: TH4809 .P16 K34 2008
  2. The status columns indicates the availability of the item. Make sure the item is not checked out or "Not Available" by noting the information in the ‘Status’ column.
  3. Review information about Library of Congress Call Numbers so that you understand how to read a call number. Books are arranged within each collection by their call numbers which begin with an alphabetical letter.

Go to your item’s location, and use the call number to

  1. Find the section of alphabetical letter or letters.
  2. Within that section, locate the number.
  3. Within that number, find the letters/numbers after the decimal point/s.
  4. If you cannot find your book or have questions, go to the Reference Desk

What do those letters and numbers mean?

The Woodbury University Library, like many academic libraries in the United States, uses the Library of Congress classification system (LC) to assign call numbers. The combination of letters and numbers results in arrangement of materials by subjects. The first letter(s) of a call number represent the broad subject of the material.

The major classes and some of the subclasses relevant to Woodbury’s disciplines are:

A -- GENERAL WORKS
B -- PHILOSOPHY. PSYCHOLOGY. RELIGION
C -- AUXILIARY SCIENCES OF HISTORY
D -- WORLD HISTORY AND HISTORY OF EUROPE, ASIA, AFRICA, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, ETC.
E -- HISTORY OF THE AMERICAS
F -- HISTORY OF THE AMERICAS
G -- GEOGRAPHY. ANTHROPOLOGY. RECREATION
---- GT 500-2370 Costume. Dress. Fashion
H -- SOCIAL SCIENCES
J -- POLITICAL SCIENCE
K -- LAW
L -- EDUCATION
M -- MUSIC AND BOOKS ON MUSIC
N -- FINE ARTS
---- NA Architecture
---- NC 1-1940 Drawing. Design. Illustration
P -- LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
Q -- SCIENCE
R -- MEDICINE
S -- AGRICULTURE
T -- TECHNOLOGY
U -- MILITARY SCIENCE
V -- NAVAL SCIENCE
Z -- BIBLIOGRAPHY. LIBRARY SCIENCE. INFORMATION RESOURCES (GENERAL)