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A Guide to Discovery & Catalogue

A guide to McMaster's Discovery & Library Catalogue search.

What is the Catalogue?

The Catalogue is a multi-disciplinary search tool that searches the physical and online holdings of McMaster's four libraries (i.e., Mills, Innis, Thode and Health Sciences), along with some other units on campus (e.g., Canadian Baptist Archives, McMaster Museum of Art, etc.). Catalogue and Discovery include many of the same format types (i.e., books, videos, etc.), but only Discovery includes individual articles.  

Catalogue content is being searched within Discovery, but it can also be searched separately by selecting the Catalogue tab at: discovery.mcmaster.ca. The Catalogue looks and works just like Discovery, minus the "Articles & More" content.

 If additional searching options are required for Catalogue content (such as browsing by author, title or subject), use the Classic Catalogue at: catalogue.mcmaster.ca

What is the Classic Catalogue?

The Catalogue and Classic Catalogue share the same content, but vary in appearance and in some search features and functionalities. Which version of the catalogue you use is a matter of personal preference and need.

The Catalogue supports keyword searching and provides a variety of limits to refine search results. The Catalogue looks and works just like Discovery, minus the "Articles & More" content. 

The Classic Catalogue supports both keyword and browse searching.
Classic Catalogue - Search and Browse Indexes

The default search option in the Classic Catalogue is a keyword(s) anywhere search. To find keywords in the title, author or subject fields, use the Advanced Search.

To browse the Classic Catalogue, choose one of the browse indexes from the drop-down menu (i.e. Title, Journal Title, Author, Subject, Medical Subject, etc.) NOTE:  There is no "browse" radio button to select - picking one of these indexes will automatically result in a browsable list. Once the desired index is selected, type in a word, phrase, letter or number to generate a browsable list of items beginning with the characters entered. See the table below for descriptions of each browse index with examples. 

Browsing the Classic Catalogue
Browse Indexes  Description  Examples
Title Browse an alphabetical list of all titles. lord of the rings
romeo and juliet
Journal Title Browse an alphabetical list of periodical titles such as journals, magazines & newspapers. globe and mail
nature
Author  Browse an alphabetical list of personal and corporate authors. Names of individuals should be entered last name (i.e., surname) first.  king stephen
ontario council of health
Subject Browse an alphabetical list of LCSH (Library of Congress Subject Headings). motion pictures
world war 1939-1945
Medical Subject Browse an alphabetical list of MeSH (Medical Subject Headings).  cardiovascular diseases
delivery of health care
Series Browse an alphabetical list of series titles. grove ethical studies
very short introductions
ISBN/ISSN Browse a numeric list of ISBNs (International Standard Book Numbers) or ISSNs (International Standard Serial Numbers). Enter the entire standard number or the beginning of a standard number, with or without dashes.  978-0345810366
00368733
Call Number - LC/NLM Browse an alphanumeric list of LCC (Library of Congress Classification) and NLM (National Library of Medicine) call numbers. Enter the entire call number or the beginning of a call number. Spacing between characters may have to be adjusted.  HF 5001
WY 128 .V831
Call Number - CODOC Browse an alphanumeric list of CODOC call numbers. The CODOC classification system is used for some government publications in Mills and Thode libraries. Enter the entire call number or the beginning of the call number. Spacing between characters may have to be adjusted.  CA1 Z 1- 91A16H
US1 AB - C55
Call Number - Local Browse an alphanumeric list of call numbers used locally. Enter the entire call number or the beginning of a call number. Spacing between characters may have to be adjusted.  mvc 60
film 1042
Course Reserves - Course Browse a list of course reserve materials by course code. history 4aw3
psych 2b03
Course Reserves - Instructor  Browse a list of course reserve materials by instructor. Enter the last name (i.e., surname) first.  frager, ruth
day, richard