Answered By: Gabe Gossett
Last Updated: Dec 03, 2021     Views: 57

Often people are interested in finding where books for a particular subject area are shelved. You can figure this out using OneSearch, which serves as the Libraries' catalog. You will want to do a search by subject term. Below are the steps on how to do that, including a video tutorial demonstrating the steps.

  1. Go to the OneSearch advanced search feature. This is linked from the Libraries' homepage and within OneSearch itself.
    Shows where the "Advanced Search" link is located near the main OneSearch search box on the Libraries' homepage
  2. There will be options under "search filters" to use a drop-down menu to change your search from "any field"--meaning it searches the entire record for the words you are using--to "subject"--meaning it will only search for the subject headings items have been tagged with.
    Shows an advanced search in OneSearch with the drop-down menu selection to focus a search by subject term
  3. You have two options for browsing items by subject:
    1. Click on one of the search results for the full record for that item. If you scroll to the bottom of the record you will see a "virtual browse" of all the items that are actually shelved next to the item, or would be if they were physical materials. This approach will include both online and physical items.
    2. Find a record for a print book. You will see if an item is a print book noted above the link to the item record. There should be text saying, "Available at  . . ." Note the location and the call number for the book. When you locate the book on the shelf, you will be able to browse other other books in that subject areas shelved nearby. (Video tutorial on locating books on the shelf)

If you have questions or would like assistance locating an item, we'd be happy to work with you! Either click the chat icon or visit a service desk on the main floor.