How to Find Material Available Online in our Library Catalog

Script: In this brief video tutorial, I’m going to show you how to find materials available online via our Library Catalog. To navigate to the catalog from our Library Homepage, click “Search the Catalog” either using the call-out on the…

How to Find Material Available Online in our Library Catalog

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Script: In this brief video tutorial, I’m going to show you how to find materials available online via our Library Catalog.

To navigate to the catalog from our Library Homepage, click “Search the Catalog” either using the call-out on the left, or scrolling down to the link here.

Whenever you use the Catalog, we always recommend logging in using your MICA username and password. Logging in will customize borrowing time to your particular community group – like faculty, staff, graduate or undergraduate students – and allow you to favorite something for later or check your account.

We’ll start by simply typing in a search term. Search terms could include an author name, title of a work, topic, etc.

I’m going to search for “bell hooks.”

Once you start typing, the Catalog will show you a drop down menu in case you want to narrow your search to the item type.

Searching “Everything” with this name as your search term returns 53,803 results, which is a lot.

If you want to narrow your search to things you can view online, use the Filter By menu on the left and under Availability click the option for Available Online.

We’re still viewing Everything, so narrowing it to everything available online will also return a lot of results.

If I want to know which books are available, I would go back to the Filter Results by menu and under Format Click books.

Click on the title of the item you’re interested in and it takes you to the Catalog Record for the item, then under View Online you’ll see a link that will take you to the database where the ebook lives.

If you’re off campus, it may prompt you to log in with your MICA username and password.
Once you’re in the database record, there are two ways to access the full text. First, you can select the PDF or scroll down to the table of contents.

You can download portions of eBooks, but eBook copyright for libraries is different than owning personal eBooks, so you’ll need to create an Ebsco databases log in.

For more information about downloading, you can follow the instructions on the tutorials page (https://www.mica.edu/libraries/decker-library/help/tutorials/) of our website.

Articles will be almost the same. Let’s try narrowing down to Articles only, which you will do by Navigating to the Filters on the left and adjusting your filters.

If you do not see a Full Text option for an article, we may only have access to the Abstract. If this is the case, you can request the article via our Interlibrary Loan Service, which we also call Borrow from Other Libraries.

There are more video tutorials available on using our Library catalog and other databases on our Vimeo page, which you can find on our website under Help. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at refer@mica.edu if you have any questions.

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