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SOCY 122: Introduction to Academic Library Research

Course guide library research tutorial

Finding Books

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • look up a book in QCAT by title, author and keyword/keyword Boolean
  • understand the different parts of a book's catalogue record and the importance of Library of Congress Subject Headings as an aid in your search for information, how to read a call number and how to locate books in the library

QCAT is the Queen's Library Online Catalogue. It is a searchable database that lists materials (books, journals, magazines, newspapers, videos, government documents, maps, microfilm and much more) found in all the libraries at Queen’s. QCAT also contains the names of electronic journals and ebooks, but does not contain articles. To locate articles, use an index/article database or Summon. 

In this module, we will look at three of the most commonly used search options for finding books using QCAT: title, author, and keyword/keyword Boolean. We will examine the different parts of the library catalogue record, how to read a call number and how to locate a book in the Library.


books at stauffer library