Fiction: Using the Catalog to Search

Using the catalog to search

Now that you've learned about how our library is organized and gotten some recommendations, here is some information about searching for a specific book or author in the library catalog. You can access the catalog on the library homepage: library.pdx.edu

PSU Library has primarily fiction in print books, but we do have some fiction ebooks and are adding more.

Finding books in the library catalog

The quickest way to find something to read is by using the library catalog. You can search by author or title.

If you want to read a book by Toni Morrison, you can start by searching for her name in the catalog.Screen shot of catalog search for Toni Morrison.

After you have some search results, narrow down your results using the filters on the left of the page. First, you can select Print Books and/or eBooks, depending on your preference.

screenshot of Resource Types

Since there has been a lot written about her, you might also use the Author filter to narrow it down to books written by her.

screenshot of Author filter

The results should be books written by Toni Morrison that you can get from the shelf of the PSU Library, or Find & Request it from another library. Once you know where one Toni Morrison book is located in the library, the rest of her books will be alongside it.

screenshot of catalog results with arrows.

Requesting Books from Summit

When you find an item in the catalog that has a Find & Request link, then the book or video is checked out or not in our collection.

  • First, sign in to the catalog for borrowing privileges at Summit;
  • You can request the book by clicking on Find & Request, then select Request from Summit (a partnership of academic libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho);
  • It takes approximately five days to receive an item through Summit;
  • When your item is available for check out at the 1st floor Circulation Desk, you will be notified by PSU email.

Request Books through ILL

If a book you need is not available either through PSU or Summit, you can request it (mostly) for free through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). It can take up to 12 days to receive a book through Interlibrary Loan.

The PSU Library does not order textbooks through Interlibrary Loan.   

Three Steps to Finding eBooks

Step 1

Search with title, author, or keywords in the search box on the PSU Library homepage.

Step 2

Under Resource Type select eBooks

Step 3

For the eBook, select  Online Access, then the link provided after "available online at..." 

library homepage search box

 

catalog limiters for ebooks

 

eBook online access link in the library item brief record