Marymount California University Library

How to Use the Library Catalog

Tips for Finding Books

When searching for books, there are a couple good strategies to start with:

1. If you already have a relevant book or article in hand, use its bibliography to help find other sources;

2. Use the "More like this" link to find other books within your subject area.

3. Think of synonyms or variations on spelling and try an OR search:

  • theater OR theatre
  • teenager OR adolescents

For some literary research it's important to track a particular author whose name may have varied over the course of his/her lifetime or publication history. In these cases, pay attention to cross-references in the catalog when you do an Author or Subject search for a name. Keep all name variants in mind when you search other catalogs and databases to ensure that you are finding all relevant resources.

Books Through Marymount

There are two ways to get books through Marymount Library.

The first is through our catalog.

The second is to borrow them from another library through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

Below is a short video on how to use the catalog to find books.

A Few Tips:

When you find the book that you want; text yourself the call number. This way you can save paper and have the number right in your phone!

You can also email yourself the records to review later.

Searching the Catalog: Print Books

Finding Publications at Marymount

Check the Library Catalog to find out what journals, magazines and newspapers you have access to via our many subscriptions.  Watch the video below to learn how.

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