Finding Books, Exhibition Catalogues and Conferences
Search QCAT, the catalogue of the Queen's University Library, by author, title, keyword, subject, or call number to find books, conferences, exhibition catalogues and other materials in our collection.
Search by Keyword Boolean to find books on topics or information in other formats, especially if you don't know the correct subject heading, or specific author or title. Use Keyword Booleanoperators “and”, “or”, “not” to combine terms, to do phrase searching or truncation of terms.
Narrow or refine search by adding other terms: e.g.
altarpiece and ghent
orientalism and art and 19th
Broaden search using the "?" symbol to truncate for variable word endings (e.g. nouns, adjectives, singular or plural) or by using "or" between similar or possible terms nested in brackets: e.g.
altarpiece? and ghent
sculpture? and (rodin or degas)
caravaggio and exhibition? and ottawa
"van gogh" and video? (for all formats of videorecordings) [or search "van gogh" and use the Videos/DVDs/Streaming Video limit feature in QCAT]
icom and congress? (tip: add "congress?" to the name of any organization or type of conference)
* Note the nested (i.e. bracketed) search for similar or possible terms, in conjunction with your and term.
Use quotes around a phrase or concept: e.g.
"material culture" and (aborign? or indigen? or native or "first nation?")
Limit large result sets by library location or by using "not": e.g.
sculpture and degas not rodin
"arts and crafts" (tip: limit to “Art Collection”)
"material culture" (limit to a library - e.g. "Stauffer" or "Art Collection" )
From your results, select useful titles and click on the Subject Headings assigned to find other books on your topic.