Tools for Research in Library & Information Studies : Library Catalog
An introduction to resources and research techniques for Library & Information Studies.
Introduction to the library catalog
The library catalog is UW's online public access catalog (OPAC). Although it's not as intuitive as a Google search, it's basic search functionality is straight-forward.
Accessing your library account
You can check your library account and renew materials online through the library catalog.
To see your account:
1. From the library home page at http://library.wisc.edu.
- Select "My Accounts" in the upper right hand corner.
- Select "Library Account"
- Enter your net-id and password in the text boxes and push the login button.
- You should now see a display of all items associated with your library record.
- To renew items, click the "renew" box to the right of the desired item.
Placing a request
The library catalog can be used to place holds and send materials to different libraries. To place a request:
- Perform a search for your material in the library catalog.
- At the item record, select "Place a Request" from the top right side of the page.
- Enter your net-id and password.
- Select a pickup location.
- Click "Submit Request."
Performing a UW System Search
By default, the UW System Search allows you to search for materials throughout every UW library. This is useful for finding materials that are either checked out or not available through UW-Madison libraries.
To conduct a UW-Madison only search:
From the library home page at http://library.wisc.edu.
- Perform a search through the catalog.
- On the results screen, select "Limit to UW Resources".
Useful LIS Subject Headings for the library catalog
|Academic libraries||Geographic information systems||Libraries and people with disabilities||Library science as a profession|
|Acquisitions (Libraries)||Information behavior||Library administration||Library science--Periodicals|
|Archives||Information commons||Library architecture||Library science--Research|
|Archival resources||Information dissemination||Library catalogs and users||Library science--Technological innovations|
|Bibliography||Information literacy||Library circulation and loans||Library surveys|
|Book selection||Information management||Library cooperation||Library use studies|
|Books||Information networks||Library education||Medical informatics|
|Cataloging||Information organization||Library employees||Metadata|
|Censorship||Information policy||Library finance||Nonbook materials|
|Children's libraries||Information resources||Library fittings and supplies||Online social networks|
|Classification||Information resources management||Library information networks||Privacy, right of|
|Collection development (Libraries)||Information science||Library legislation||Prohibited books|
|Comparative librarianship||Information storage and retrieval systems||Library materials||Public libraries|
|Copyright||Institution libraries||Library of Congress||Public services (Libraries)|
|Corporate libraries||Instructional materials centers||Library orientation||School libraries|
|Database design||Internet||Library outreach programs||Semantic Web|
|Digital libraries||Internet access for library users||Library personnel management||Social media|
|Documentation||International librarianship||Library planning||Special libraries|
|Electronic books||Librarians||Library rules and regulations||Web archives|
|Electronic journals||Libraries and minorities||Library schools and training||Web site development|
|Fair use (Copyright)||Libraries and sexual minorities||Library science|