PSU Library Catalog

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Search the PSU Library catalog from the PSU Library home page. 

Left of the box:

- Use Books & More to search the catalog;

- Select Course Reserves to search for items your instructor put on hold for your class;

- Select Site Search to search the library's website for resources and services (examples: study rooms, interlibrary loan).

Search for all Resource Types:

- Leave Books, articles, and more selected to search for books, ebooks, articles, journals, and audiovisual materials. This search not only searches items held by PSU, it also searches for books, and DVDs at other libraries in the region (Summit books usually arrive at PSU in 3-5 days).

Select the right arrow to take a guided tour of the catalog. Go between pages using the contents button in the upper left. 

Start your search

Welcome to the guided tour of the library's catalog. You can enter a title, journal title, author's name, or keywords in the search box. 

For this example, explore a keyword search to find critical and scholarly views on the short story as a literary form. Enter the keywords short stories AND literary theory, then press the Search icon. For now, use the default setting, Articles, Books and more. 

If you want to learn more about keyword searching, watch the 2-minute video Brainstorming Keywords.

Click on the right arrow to continue.

Search results

Take a look around the search results page. The catalog has useful features to limit or refine your search:

You can limit your search by resource type, subject, date, and more using the options on the left side.

Resource Type facet and its filter

You can limit your results to PSU only in the upper left too. Filter the facet, On the Shelf at PSU.

on the shelf facet for PSU Library items only

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Available at PSU

In your search results, find the book American Women Short Story Writers. It has a green dot + Available at PSU:

 green dot and Available at PSU

Select Find & Request to get this book. Write down the floor and the book's call number. This book is on the 4th floor with call number PS374 .S5 A3968 1995. More information about finding a book on the shelf here.

In the book record there are buttons and a  drop-down menu called Export/Email.

actions menu that includes email in item record

Some actions that you can take from here include copying a citation and texting the record to your phone.

If you click on  Request this book, you can place a hold then pick it up at the Circulation Desk. Distance users can request home delivery.

Request option and view map link in book record

Note the View Map link to so that you can go to the shelf and find the book.

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Not available at PSU

Now return to your search results by using the orange Search button again at the top of the page.

In your search results, filter the Resource Type by clicking on print book and eBook, then find Comedies of Courtship. It has an orange dot with the phrase, Check Find & Request for options.

This book is available through the Summit libraries (39 Pacific Northwest academic libraries participate in a sharing agreement). You will see the orange dot if a PSU Library book is checked out too. Sign in with your Odin log in to order books from Summit.

 A book record that shows the link to borrow from Summit

Summit requests take 3 to 5 business days. You will receive a email that will notify you that your Summit book is available for check out from the Circulation Desk.

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In your search results, find the book, Slow Reading in a Hurried Age, with a green dot + Online access. This is a full text, online eBook available from the PSU Library. Select View Online to access this eBook, then Available Online at... to read the book. 

full text eBook record


For more information on eBooks at PSU, visit our guide Find and Use Ebooks.

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Details tab

Let's stay with the book, Slow Reading in a Hurried Age. Select the Details tab for more information.

Subjects are terms that describe what the book is about. Selecting a subject takes you to a list of all the items that have been tagged with the same terms. The subject link, Literary Theory and Criticism on Reading, refines the result list to reflect just books on this subject. This is a good way to find more books on the same topic.

subject links

The Notes detail often lists the table of contents or provides a book's abstract. This is useful because it gives you a sense of the subtopics that the book will cover. You might want to read only one chapter of a book, which is often about the length of an article.

Notes field under Details for a book

Take time to read the Table of Contents or the abstract to decide if this resource is pertinent to your research!