Accessing Resources

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    There are several ways of accessing resources at the Dalton McCaughey Library (DML), both physical and digital. The Getting Started page shows how to locate resources using our online catalogue search.

    Once you have found a relevant resource, you can use a call number to locate it on the shelves or a link to access an online resource. This page shows you how to do this.

    Physical Books

    When you find a physical resource, it will have a call number that tells you where in the library you can find it. The DML uses the Pettee system, which organises books into an alpha-numeric subject sequence. A quick guide to the system can be found here.

    When you find a physical book using the online search tools, the entry will look either like this (if using the DML catalogue search):

    Individual Library Catalogue result entry, highlighting the location and call number information for a book.

    Or like this (if using the Combined Search):

    Combined Search result entry, highlighting the cal number for a book.

    In both cases, the call number is in the bottom right of the result, across from its availability.

    Once you get to the library, finding the location of the book is simply a matter of reading the signage on the shelves, then looking through the spines of the books until you find the book you want. If the resource isn't where you think it should be, speak with one of the librarians for assistance.

    Accessing eBooks

    eBooks can be found through both the DML Catalogue and the Combined Search.

    When searching with the DML Catalogue, click on the link that says either 'Click Here To Access eBook' or 'Full Text Available via Ebscohost'.

    Library Catalogue results, highlighting eBook availability hyperlinks.

    When using the Combined Search, click the book title or the link that says 'View Details'. It's best to right click and select the 'Open in New Tab' option so you can open multiple pages at once without having to reload.

    Combined Search results showing an entry for an eBook, highlighting the 'View Details' button.

    The View Details link will open a page with the available options for accessing the book as well as additional information.

    Combined Search eBook details page, showing the 'Access options' and 'Full eBook download' buttons.

    Clicking 'Access Options' will provide a drop down menu with one or more options for opening the book. This will allow you to browase and read the eBook in your web browser.

    The 'Full eBook Download' button will prompt you to log in to your MyEbsco account to digitally borrow the book. This account is free and can be made very quickly. In addition, you will need to download the program Adobe Digital Editions or another DRM-capable eBook reader.

    Limiting Searches to Digital Resources

    Digital resources are available at the DML or remotely; simply add the eBook filter to your search.

    The eBook filter is found to the left of your results:

    Library Catalogue search results, highlighting the 'Ebook' filter on the left.

    In the Combined Search, this filter is added by clicking the Online Full Text button directly below the search bar:

    Combined Search box, showing the 'Online full text' limit button.

    You can also specifically filter for eBooks using the expanded filter options in the All Filters menu:

    Combined Search resutls, showing all filters, and highlighting the section where one may limit for 'eBooks'.

    Final notes

    There are many other ways to use the search functions available via the DML, many of which are outlined in the Advanced Search guide. However, these basic functions will be sufficient for most users.