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SOCY 122: Introduction to Academic Library Research

Course guide library research tutorial

Searching QCAT

Access the Library Catalogue from the Queen's Library Homepage. The default search is set to Summon. Select QCAT. Either enter your search terms in the search box provided and select the type of search you are doing from the drop down list, or click Full Catalogue for more choices.


You can search QCAT in several different ways including: by keyword, keyword Boolean, title keyword, title exact, journal title exact, author, subject heading and call number. You can also limit your search to a specific format (for instance, Videos/DVDs/Streaming video).

qcat search

1. Enter your search in the Search box

2. Select the type of search in the within box

3. Click the Search box to begin searching