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Finding Books

Use the Queen's Library Catalogue (QCAT) to find the locations and call numbers of books (as well as videos, audio, microform, map, serial, and rare titles) at Queen's Library.

To find books in our collection, search QCAT by author, title, subject heading, or keyword.

Keyword Searching

Keyword searching enables you to search using a single word or a combination of words which you consider to be the "key" or main focus of your topic. A keyword search checks authors, titles, and subject headings for key words on a topic. Identify main or key concepts about your topic.

To find books on steroid use in sports, search QCAT by Keyword Boolean. Keyword boolean searching allow you to combine search words and phrases (using AND and OR).

For example:  steroids and sports

Think of related words and perform additional keyword searches. By substituting related words for the main concepts, many other searches can be generated. 

For example:  drugs and athletics

Subject Headings

Look at a title's full record to see its subject headings. Subject headings provide another search method and give you ideas for keywords.

To find books about a particular person, search QCAT by Subject Heading.

For example: coubertin pierre de

Examples of subject headings about Kinesiology and Physical Health Education include:

  • Kinesiology
  • Human Mechanics
  • Physical education and training

Finding E-books

E-books at Queen's

Queen's University Library gives you access to thousands of e-books. On this page you can read about four ways to find ebooks at Queen's:

  1. Summon search
  2. Subject guides
  3. Library catalogue (QCAT) search
  4. Search e-book publisher platform

Internet Resources