There are two ways to access the catalog from the Library homepage:
In the UWG catalog, it usually works best to begin with a simple search. You can then narrow your search from the results page.
(Click the Sign-in for More Options tab to access an online book, or to request an item that is located at another USG Library.)
You can do a simple search by entering the book title and/or the author into the search box. Note that if you do a simple search you may get many results and need to look carefully for the right item. If you want to find books on your topic, enter 1-3 keywords that describe your topic. (You can also use the Advanced search for more search options.)
Examples: bilingual education; gothic architecture; greek utopias; cochlear implants.
For more precise searching use the Advanced Search. Click "Advanced Search" to the right of the search box. You can then limit your search terms to specified fields, like Title or Author.
From the search results page you can limit your results to books. From the search options, find "Format" and select "Books."
There are two steps to limiting the results to e-books:
To decide which item/s are relevant to you, view information on the results page. It includes basic information like the item's title, author, publication date, and location and availability. Click on a book title to see the full record and more details about the book (e.g., summary, relevant subjects).View the search results carefully to be sure you have located the correct version of your book (e.g., correct author, publication year, or format).
First check the location and availability.
For online books at UWG, click the "Online Access" link.
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Print books have a physical library location. To find the physical location of a print book locate the catalog record. Then look at the "Available at" section of the record. If the book is available, the location will be listed by 1) the general Library location and 2) the call number.
Most books are in the Ingram Library Stacks, but some are in other Library locations (e.g., Special Collections, Government Documents Ready Reference). The location description also states on the relevant floor of the Library.
A call number describes the specific location of a physical library item. It consists of a combination of letters and numbers (e.g., HQ1762 .W63 1998). In the UWG Library Stacks, books with call numbers starting with A-H are on the 2nd floor; J-M are on the ground floor, and N-Z are on the 3rd floor.
Once you have the library location and the call number, use the call number to locate the book on the shelves.
Start with the first letter in the call number. If the call number is HQ1762 .W63 1998, the first letter is H (so the 2nd floor of University Library).
Often UWG Library does not have a book, but can borrow it from another USG Library through the service GIL Express. This is usually the case if you search for a book in the USG catalog and the book's record says "Check holdings."
If no USG Libraries have the book, request it through Resource Sharing.