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CMC Library Consortium: Using the CMC Catalog

Searching in the CMC Catalog

You can search the CMC catalog with an author or title of a specific work, or you can search for a subject. If you search the catalog from the college campus, the resulting list of items from your search will probably show you some labeled “No copies at Isothermal,” indicating that another CMC library owns that item; if it really interests you, click on “Check Other Locations” to see which other library owns it. Items in the list that are held at the college library are labeled “Available at Isothermal-Main.”

If you'd prefer just to search in the College Library holdings, click "Change" next to "All Locations" in the left corner and select "Isothermal - Main."

When you see an "Isothermal - Main" item of interest that is labeled "Available," look for and write down the call number. The call number is a combination of letters and numbers, and it's found with the title listing, both in the Results list and in the item record of an item. 
The item record includes more specific details about the item, such as author, publisher, publication location, copyright date, subjects, and other notes. If you want to see the details in the Item Record, click on a title of interest in the Results list.

See How Books Are Organized for information on how to locate a book using the call number.

Narrowing the Search

When you get too many items in the Results list, you can narrow them down by choosing limiters from the left column that narrow the range and scope of items in the list, including the library location and whether the results are a list of items in the library catalog or a list of database articles. You can also limit by Format, Author, Series, and Subject, plus others.

You can sort the items by Author, Title, Relevance, Publication Date, Newly Added, or even Borrower Rating. An Advanced search is also available if you wish to use it. The search window remains at the top of the screen, ready to be used for another search.

Item Types Found in the Catalog

The types of items you may find in the catalog results list may be books, CDs, DVDs, videos, audiobooks and ebooks.

  • Books can be found primarily on the shelves in the west end of the library; there are also books in the Old Tryon Room Collection (labeled OTR) Old Tryon Room in the east end of the library. See How Books Are Organized for information on how to locate a book using the call number.
  • CDs, DVDs, and non-fiction videotapes are located in the east end, in a study room adjacent to the Periodical Reading Room.
  • Most online resources such as ebooks, audiobooks, and articles from databases are available to be accessed from, or even downloaded to, your computer. Please note that some of these resources require registration and a password for off-campus use. For more information on off-campus access, see Passwords

Exact Phrase Searches

You can search entire phrases by enclosing them in quotes, such as "right to bear arms,” “same-sex marriages,” etc.

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