Answered By: Academic Liaison
Last Updated: Nov 16, 2016     Views: 31

There are a few different ways to find books in our library. Here are specific ways to find books or eBooks from the library catalogue or NELSON.

 

A. How do I find I find a print book on the shelf using NELSON?

You can search for physical book items in NELSON. Type in the title of the book you would like and click to search ‘Sierra Library Catalogue’. Your results will then only be physical items from the library.

Click on the book you would like and then click ‘Request’ where the library catalogue will open. You can choose to open this in a new window or within your current page.

On this page there will be details about the book. Underneath the book’s title will be information about the location of the book (which campus it is on), the shelfmark, barcode, the status of the book (whether it is available or out on loan) and the type of loan the book is.

The shelfmark will tell you where the book can be located in the library. We use the Dewey Decimal System (DDS) here, so books are categorised by their relevant DDS shelfmark. Note down the whole shelfmark, including the letter suffix at the end.

These are the following floors for each shelf mark at Park Campus:

H1 001-399
H2 400-649
H3 650-999

In these rooms or the main floor of Avenue Library are book shelves, where the shelfmark for that individual shelf is at the end of the shelves on the side, allowing you to narrow down where you book is. Once you have found the shelf that your book is on, you can then look at the shelfmark on the side of each book and either go ascending or descending to find your number. Once you have found the exact number, you may then have to find the letters of the author. In the example above, after you have found 823.8 you would then go alphabetically until you find the 823.8 with BRO at the end. This should then be the book you have been looking for.

We do have a video explaining how to find a book in the library here (please note that the video is a few years old so the self-service machines have changed, however the way to find books is the same)

We have a video tutorial that provides an Introduction to NELSON available here.

 

B. How do I find an e-book using NELSON?

Firstly, make sure you are logged in to NELSON in the top right hand corner of the page. Then type in your search term. When you have your page of results, filter your results on the left hand side by selecting ‘E-Resource under ‘Library’.

Your results list will then show all available eBooks. Click on your chosen result and then click ‘View Online’.

Different databases and publishers will have different ways of logging in or presenting eBooks. You may have to log in again, after which you will be taken to a webpage where you can access the eBook.

In this example, you can see which chapters we have access to and view each chapter by clicking on PDF or Other formats.

 

C. How do I find an e-book using the Library Catalogue?

On the Library Catalogue (libcat.northampton.ac.uk), when typing in your search and select ‘E-Book’ before you search.

Your list of results will be E-Book only. Click on the title of your chosen book and then click Access this E-Book (the button has the Northampton University logo).

Different databases and publishers will have different ways of logging in or presenting eBooks. You may have to log in again, after which you will be taken to a webpage where you can access the eBook.

In this example, you can see which chapters we have access to and view each chapter by clicking on PDF or Other formats.

 

D. How do I find a print book on the shelf using the Library Catalogue?

The Library Catalogue (libcat.northampton.ac.uk) is the best place to start when looking for physical items in the library. You can either type in a search term or a specific title of a book you would like. Click on the book title that you would like to find.

 

Once you have clicked on the book you would like to find, the shelf mark will tell you where the book can be located in the library. We use the Dewey Decimal System (DDS) here, so books are categorised by their relevant DDS shelfmark. Note down the whole shelfmark, including the letter suffix at the end.

These are the following floors for each shelf mark at Park Campus:

H1 001-399
H2 400-649
H3 650-999

In these rooms or the main floor of Avenue Library are book shelves, where the shelfmark for that individual shelf is at the end of the shelves on the side, allowing you to narrow down where you book is. Once you have found the shelf that your book is on, you can then look at the shelfmark on the side of each book and either go ascending or descending to find your number. Once you have found the exact number, you may then have to find the letters of the author. In the example above, after you have found 658.007 you would then go alphabetically until you find the 658.007 with WHE at the end. This should then be the book you have been looking for.

We do have a video explaining how to find a book in the library here (please note that the video is a few years old so the self-service machines have changed, however the way to find books are the same).