2.4.1 Library catalogues
A library catalogue is a searchable collection of records referring to:
Using other library's collections
ECU library catalogue also has links to the UWA, Murdoch & the State Library catalogues. To check what's held at other Australian libraries, check out Trove, a joint library catalogue of Australian libraries.
Document delivery services
Tips for searching library catalogues
Tip #1 Be broader with your search terms in a library catalogue than in a database or Internet search tool.
For example: Chardonnay is a type of grape used for making white wine. In a library catalogue, a search for chardonnay would return few, if any, results. You would get more results from a search for wine or grapes.
It is unlikely that a whole work, such as a book or video, has been dedicated entirely to chardonnay.
It is more likely that a work has been dedicated to wine, with a section on chardonnay.
When you search a library catalogue you should search the broad subject area of your topic (e.g. wine), and then use the index in the back of the book to identify any content on your specific topic (chardonnay).
Tip #2 Choose the Keyword search option for a subject/topic search
Keyword searches across Title, Contents and Subject terms.
Most library catalogues assign subject terms (The Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)) to materials in the collections. It might be useful to check these subject thesaurus terms and include them in a keyword search to find relevant materials.
For example: LCSH uses body temperature regulation in place of thermoregulation.
Once you've identified relevant LCSH, you can do a search in most catalogues and get relevant information regardless of the varying terminology used by authors.
To identify LCSH: