Use a keyword search when you have a topic, but do not know the titles or authors of books on the subject. Keyword is the default search type in SOUTHcat and should already be selected in the Search by: menu. Enter a keyword for each aspect of your research question in the Search for: box. You do not need to put and between keywords. Capitalization is not important but spelling is. Then click the Search button.
Tips and Tricks:
Use a title search when you know the exact title, or the first few words of the title. Select the Title option from the Search by: box on the right side of the screen, then enter the title in the Search for: box on the left. If the title starts with an initial article (a, an, the), omit it.
To search SOUTHcat by author, enter the author’s name, last name first, in the Search for: box. Select Author from the Search by: box, then click the Search button. Author search also works for editors, actors, directors, composers, and musicians.
Next, you will see a list of names. Select the appropriate name from the list.
This will show you all items in the catalog by this author.
After you do a search,
you will see a results screen. The top of the screen will indicate how many results were found.
You can limit your results to only those in a particular location in the library (such as the bookstacks).
You can also sort your results to display them in a different order, such as showing the most recently published information at the top.
To view an item’s catalog record, click on the item’s title in the results screen. This will open the Brief View of the catalog record. The Location field will tell you which of the USA Libraries it is in, as well as the department it is in. The Call Number is the address of the item within the library. The Status field will tell you if the item is available for checkout.