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Catalog usage guide: How to use the catalog

How to use the catalog

How do I find books, articles & DVDs?

The library catalog, which you can search using the big search box on the library homepage, will help you find library books, ebooks, articles, DVDs, and more.

Items available online (like an online article) will have a link labeled 'View ebook' or 'View full text.'

If you find a physical item (like a print book) then it will have a location and call number that tells you where it is located in the library.

Below you will find more information on using the catalog. You can also ask a librarian for help.

How do I use a location & call number?

Materials in the Burbank and San Diego Libraries are in several locations with names like Main Stacks, Annex Stacks, Periodicals, Oversize, and more. Within each location, the items are in call number order starting with 'A' call numbers and ending with 'Z.'

Location: Burbank Main Stacks / Call number: TH4809 .P16 K34 2008

The Main Stacks are the books going around the edge of the main room. Go there and find the TH section within the Main Stacks.

  1. Within the TH section, locate the TH4809 books.
  2. Within the TH4809 books, find the .P16 books. If there is more than one TH4809 .P16 book, you can use the rest of the call number (K34 2008) to find your specific book.
  3. If you cannot find your book or have questions, ask a librarian and we will help you.
  4. See here for information on how long you can keep a book, renewing books online, and overdue fees.

What do those letters and numbers mean?

The Woodbury University Library uses Library of Congress call numbers (instead of Dewey Decimal). These call numbers are like a book's street address; they tell you where the book is and make sure that books on similar topics are next to each other.

The first letter(s) of a call number represent a broad subject and the remaining numbers get more specific

Example: N is 'Fine Arts', the NC sub-section is 'Drawing & Illustration,' and NC1766 is specifically 'Animated Films'.

If you are curious about what a certain call number means, see this overview or ask a librarian about more specific subjects (like 'Color theory').

The book I want is checked out!

You can place a hold on items that someone else has checked out.

  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
  3. you will be notified when the item arrives at the library

NOTE: Holds are only used for items that are checked out, not for books that are currently in the library/available.

Finding San Diego materials

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

  1. go to the catalog
  2. enter your search terms
  3. using the “location” dropdown menu that appears under the search box, limit your search to “San Diego”
  4. click “Search”
  5. click here for a map of SD library shelf locations

Burbank location guide

Location name Building Where it is in the building
Annex Stacks Annex building (other side of courtyard) In two rooms beyond the restrooms. Each has a sign saying which call numbers are in that room
Main stacks Main building Wrapping around the left and right wall
Media Collection - Videos Annex building (other side of courtyard) Near annex entrance
New Books Main building Near the reference desk - look for books with yellow stickers
Oversize Main building Books on the left with blue stickers
Periodicals Main building To the right, next to the computers
Reference Main building Near the reference desk & around the study tables - look for books with red stickers
Reserve /
Permanent Reserve
Main building Ask at the front desk
Atlas Main building In the loft, to the back left wall
Loft Main building Go toward the photocopier and take the door with a staircase on the other side. The loft is above the library entrance.
Over-oversize Main building Behind the computer table, near the periodicals
On-site storage Main building Ask at the front desk to get this item
Off-site storage Main building Ask at the front desk to get this item - it is stored off-campus

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