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Using Worldcat: Find Books in MSJC Worldcat

Finding and Requesting Items from Other Libraries

If you don't find what you need in MSJC's collections, you can search the catalogs of other libraries and request that those titles be sent to your preferred MSJC campus through our interlibrary loan service. Typically there is no cost to you for this service, but please be aware that some libraries charge interlibrary loan fees. We will contact you for approval of any borrowing fees before requesting the items for you. It can take up to two weeks for items to be delivered, so be sure you give yourself enough time.

  1. Try UCR's catalog. Because UCR is so close, any books you request may get here more quickly if they are available.
  2. Try WorldCat. WorldCat is the world's largest online catalog; you can search for items at libraries across the country.
  3. Request the books you found by filling out the MSJC Interlibrary Loan Request form.
  4. We will notify you at your student e-mail you when your books arrive.

MSJC Worldcat Record

1.  Title, book cover and preview. The title of the book is in bold text. On the left-hand side of the screen, you will usually see an image of the cover of the book. In addition, you may see a button entitled "preview this item". Clicking on this button will take you to the Google books interface and allow you to view portions (not the entire book) online. 

2.  Publication information. Here you will see who the author of the book is, what year it was published and the publisher. You may also frequently see a summary of the book here as well. This can be as short as a sentence or up to a paragraph. 

3.  Print/E-mail/Citation. You can e-mail or print the record for this item--a good research habit to make! When writing a paper, you will have to cite your sources. Click on the "citation" link and the citation for this item will be generated in a number of style formats including MLA and APA. Copy and paste, but always double check these citations!

4.  Library of Congress Subject Headings. Need to narrow or broaden your search? Click on one of the headings and you will see a list of results based on that subject. 

5.  Location/Status/Call Number. This tells you which library has the item, if it is checked out or not and its' location on the shelf (call number). Write down the call number if you want to the find the book on the shelf. This is how the books are organized at the MSJC libraries. Sound confusing? See this page that provides a breakdown on call numbers.

6.  Table of Contents. Many times the table of contents can help you decide if the book has the information you need for your research.

7.  Reviews. You may see some reviews of your book here. These could help you determine the quality of your book as well provide information about the author.


MSJC Worldcat Record

This a screenshot of a detailed book record. You can read a description of each numbered area
in the column to the left.