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Locating a book is a fairly quick and easy task. Use the steps below for an effective way to search. If you find this process confusing, please feel free to visit the Reference/Information Desk near the main entrance of the Library or call the desk at 257-2231.

Step 1: Look up a book in the Library Catalog by:
Title | Author | Subject | Keywords

Step 2: Retrieve a book from:
Library Shelves | Online

Tutorial: Practice searching for books with this online exercise.

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By Title - Find a specific book by its title.
1) On the Library homepage, click the tab for Books.
2) Click gray link Library Catalog.
3) Click the blue link Browse Search under "Catalog Searches" on the right side of the page.
4) Type a book's title into the search box.
5) Click the blue Title button.
6) Click on the listing of a desired book under Catalog Browse by Title.
7) Click the blue title of the book to read more details about it.
8) Write down the call number listed under LOUISIANA TECH PRESCOTT LIBRARY.
9) Then click the blue Floor Directory link to identify the floor on which it is located,
   Or click the URL link if the the book is an Electronic Resource.

By Author - Find a book by a specific author.
1) On the Library homepage, click the tab for Books
2) Click gray link "Library Catalog.
3) Click the blue link Browse Search under "Catalog Searches" on the right side of the page.
4) Type the author's name, last name first, into the open search box.
5) Click the blue author button.
6) Click on the listing of a desired book under Catalog Browse by Author.
7) Click the blue title of an interesting book to read more details about it.
8) Write down the call number listed under LOUISIANA TECH PRESCOTT LIBRARY.
9) Then click the blue Floor Directory link to identify the floor on which it is located,
   Or click the URL link if the the book is an Electronic Resource.

By Subject - Find books using a controlled vocabulary.
1) On the Library homepage, click the tab for Books
2) Click gray link Library Catalog.
3) Click the blue link Browse Search under "Catalog Searches" on the right side of the page.
4) Type a broad topic into the open search box.
5) Click the blue Subject button.
6) Click on the listing of a desired book under Catalog Browse by Subject.
7) Click the blue title of an interesting book to read more details about it.
8) Write down the call number listed under LOUISIANA TECH PRESCOTT LIBRARY.
9) Then click the blue Floor Directory link to identify the floor on which it is located,
   Or click the URL link if the the book is an Electronic Resource.

By Keywords - Find books using keywords related to a topic.
1) On the Library homepage, click the tab for Books
2) Click gray link Library Catalog.
3) Type a topic into the keywords search box.
4) Click the Search button.
5) Click the blue title of an interesting book to read more details about it.
6) Write down the call number listed under LOUISIANA TECH PRESCOTT LIBRARY.
7) Then click the blue Floor Directory link to identify the floor on which it is located,
   Or click the URL link if the the book is an Electronic Resource.

Finding a Book on the Shelf
- Most of the Library's circulating books are located on the 5th-9th floors.
- After writing down the book's call number, use the Floor Directory to determine where the book is located.
- The Floor Directory is accessible from the library website and on all floors in the Library.
- For example . . . the book, Folk and Styled Architecture in North Louisiana, which has
   the call number NA730.L8 M37 1989, is located on the 7th floor.
- Or if the call number begins with REF, the book will be located on the Main floor in the Reference Collection.
- The most important part of this process is to write down the complete call number since it acts
   as the book's "address."

Accessing an Electronic Book
- Once you click the book's URL in the online Catalog, a new window or tab will open.
- Click View this eBook beside the small cover the book.
- The screen will open with the Table of Contents on the left and book pages on the right.
- When you click a part of the Table of Contents, the accompanying book page will appear.
- Use the tool bar above the page to navigate, save or print the information
- If you are off-campus, the University login screen will appear and you will need to log on
   as you would for Moodle.
- Please note that if someone else is accessing the book, it will not be available to view.
   You will need to wait for awhile and try to access it once again.