100 Years of Catalogs
Still going strong
Librarians have been in the business of organizing information and creating tools for you to find information for more than 100 years. Before the internet. Before search engines. Before databases. And they're just as good as ever.
- A library catalog is a database of all the items owned by a library. The library catalog is made up of records, and each record is made up of fields.
- Search all the fields at once using a keyword search, or search individual fields, such as author, title and subject fields
- Library of Congress Subject Headings, used in the subject field, provides controlled vocabulary that can extend your natural language searches.
- Combined or shared catalogs allow you to search more than one library catalog at the same time.