A library catalog is a database containing a record for each item the library owns. This includes all the books in the library, as well as videos, journal subscription records, sound recordings, e-books, links to selected web pages, etc. Catalogs are usually for a single library or institution, but they can also be for a consortium. At Willamette, we offer the ability to search all three kinds.
cover just what items are available locally.
encompass the holdings of several institutional libraries within a given proximity of each other, like our catalog.
incorporate the holdings of libraries from multiple nations. OCLC's WorldCat is a great example of a global catalog.
Searching the Catalog
Learn how to use the catalog to search for books, articles, videos, and more through Summit, our regional lending system, and locally from Willamette. Additional info is available on the Library Catalogs page.
Willamette shares a regional catalog system with 37 academic libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. It is the main way to search for books within our library and the other Summit libraries, as well as the millions of other items including videos, CDs, journals, e-books, etc.
While our shared catalog also covers a huge selection of journal articles, it is usually more efficient to use article databases to search for journal articles.
USE THE CATALOG TO FIND OUT IF WU LIBRARIES:
Our catalog has many useful features that will help you be a more efficient researcher. Below are just a few of the features you could use, such as limiting to materials within Willamette's collection, peer-reviewed journal articles, and full-text availability. Sort your results by relevance, publication date, popularity, author, and title.
In the top right corner, you can view any materials you have selected in your virtual "e-Shelf." View items you currently have checked out under "My Account," and view any saved search queues so you can quickly redo them.
The "Expand My Results" incorporates additional databases and external resources that are not necessarily available through Willamette or Summit; these resources are still available through interlibrary loan. Results can also be limited by resource (material) type, subject, author/creator, collection, specific publication date ranges, language, Library of Congress call number, journal title, and more.
When you click on a title, the availability of the item is indicated. If an item is available, it will provide the details for getting a copy of an item, such as the call number for books or how to access an article. If an item is not available, you should be provided an option to request the item through Summit or Interlibrary Loan.
You can also obtain a permanent link to an item or the citation info under the "Send to" area.