This tutorial will familiarize you with the Classic Butler Library Catalog.
In general, we recommend that you start with PRIMO instead of the Catalog. However, since you are working with many patrons who might prefer the Catalog, you need to be familiar with it.
The Catalog is helpful when you are:
We will be switching to a new system in the near future (Spring/Summer 2014), but the skills you learn with this Catalog should transfer and make you an expert with the new tool as well.
To access the Catalog, click on the Classic Butler Library Catalog link on the library homepage.
Notice that there are 2 search options on the Catalog home page: Search and Browse.
Browse is a more serendipitous search; instead of immediately bringing back results, it will bring back suggestions.
Get the feel for the Browse option by running these two searches:
The basic Search option is the default when you click on the Catalog link. If you want to enter multiple fields into your search, you can go beyond the basic Search and utilize the Advanced Search option.
Click on the Advanced Search button towards the top of the page.
Note that the Advanced Search features all the same limiters, but gives you three search boxes. This can be helpful when you want to search for author AND title, etc. Advanced search also gives you quite a few more options in the drop-down box next to the search boxes.
Return to the basic Search by clicking the Search button.
The drop-down limiting options next to the search box are often ignored, but they can be incredibly helpful.
Get familiar with the differences between keyword and author drop-down options by running the searches below. Be sure to observe the types and number of results that are coming back.
Which of these would work best to find academic books about Dr. Seuss?
Which of the following is the right/best way to enter an author's name?
Learn more about keyword vs. title searches. Be sure to observe the types and number of results that are coming back.
What was one item that came back for both the Title Keywords and Title Starts With searches?
Which of the following is the right/best way to enter The Great Gatsby for a title search?
Subject Keywords - Dr. Seuss
Title Starts With - Pride and Prejudice search:
Which of the following should you be able to ascertain from the results page?
This is an item's record. You get more information about the item than was displayed on the results list. Important features you should be aware of include:
Click on the Results List button. Scroll until you see The Drift, a serial publication.
Click on the hyperlink that says "Butler Electronic Access" in the Owned/Checked Out section of the record. This will be the location of links to all electronic content in the catalog. This does NOT show all that we own electronically; use PRIMO to see more online access options.
Click on the link that will grant electronic access to the publication. You should see The Drift in a pop-up window.
That's the end!
If you have any lingering questions about using the Catalog, please let Amanda know.
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