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Curriculum & Instruction: Finding Books


SOUTHcat: USA Libraries' Catalog

To find books, government documents, and media items in USA Libraries' collections, use SOUTHcat: USA Libraries' Catalog. SOUTHcat does not include journal articles.

  • Catalog tips and tricks:
    • Keyword searches – use quotation marks to hold phrases together ("higher education")
    • Truncation – use ? after the root of a word to find all its variants (educat? finds educate, education, educational...)
    • Browse the Subject(s) field in records to find the right words for searches. (Example: Try doing a keyword search for "higher education," then look at the subject(s) field in several records. You’ll see that the subject term is "Education, higher." Click the subject heading to find more records with this subject.)
  • Revise and refine your searches.
  • Watch for repeating call numbers and browse stacks in that area.
  • Pay attention to the Location and Status fields. You will need this information to locate the item in the library.


Dissertations & Theses

Dictionaries, Handbooks & Encyclopedias