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How to use the Library Catalogue and Understanding Shelfmarks: Advanced Search and Searching Journals

A guide to using the library catalogue and finding books on the shelves using the Dewey Decimal Classification scheme.

Searching for journal articles

Tip: To search for full text articles use Library Search. To find out more about Library Search, click here.

To search for a journal title on the Library Catalogue:

  • enter the title, or words from the title, of the journal you are looking for into the search box and click Search
  • on your search results page in the Collection facet, click on Journals Catalogue
  • click on the title of the journal to display more information, including the holdings and location of the journal
  • if a journal title is available electronically, a link will be displayed and should lead to the full text version of that specific journal. You will be asked to sign in using your single sign on details.
  • if the journal is a paper copy it can be found in the rolling stacks on the lower ground floor of the Kimberlin Library, or in the Law Library for law journals. Journals on the shelves are arranged in alphabetical order by title.

How to use Advanced Search

Advanced Search is an alternative to using facets to help you build more complex searches if an initial search brings back too many results.

  • Click on Advanced search, found to the right of your search box near the top of your results page.
  • If you have already entered your search terms they will remain in the new search box; if you have not, add your search terms.
  • Use the with menu to select a function to search with, such as Author, Location (Kimberlin, Law Library etc.), Collection (Main, Video, Electronic Resource, Theses etc.) or Subject. 
  • Add a term to use with this function. So for an author, choose an author surname.
  • You can use connectors AND, OR or NOT to apply to these parameters.
  • Click + to add another line. Your main search box is automatically updated when new data is added, so just click Search when you have finished adding lines.

Note: clicking More search options from the front page of the Library Catalogue currently brings up the old version of the Advanced Search function, though the search options are the same.