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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.
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.
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|
|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
|Author||Browse an alphabetical list of personal and corporate authors. Names of individuals should be entered last name (i.e., surname) first.||king stephen, 1947-
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).||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
|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
|Course Reserves - Course||Browse a list of course reserve materials by course code.||history 4aw3
|Course Reserves - Instructor||Browse a list of course reserve materials by instructor. Enter the last name (i.e., surname) first.||frager, ruth