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Basic Guide to SOUTHcat: Catalog Records

SOUTHcat is the catalog of the libraries at the University of South Alabama. It contains records for the books, electronic books, journals, government documents, CDs, DVDs, and other media items held by the libraries.

Reading a Catalog Record

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. 

screenshot of catalog record with bibliographic and location information indicated