Finding Items Using iFind

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iFind is the library catalogue. It will help you to find books, journals and other resources.

To begin, use the search bar to find the resource you are looking for. In this guide we are searching for “Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry” by Skoog, West, Holler and Crouch.

So first of all, type in some key words. For this book you could put something like ‘analytical chemistry skoog’. The results show that there are multiple editions of this text. Click on ‘view 5 versions’ to see all of the editions of this book. Each edition has a unique call number displayed in brackets under the title. We want the 2014 edition, and the call number for that is QD75.2 .S55 2014.

This number is also the code displayed on the spine of the book, so that you will be able to find it on the shelf.

To find the book with a call number of QD75.2 .S55 2014, you must split the number into different parts like so:

1

QD

2

75

3

.2

4

S55

5

2014


This is also how it is displayed on the spine of the book. Everything is in alphabetical and then numerical order. So first you must find the books marked QD. Then, within that section you must find 75. The third box is a decimal place, so .2122 is a lower number than .23 . This may seem confusing initially but you get used to it! So once you have found .2, you must then look within that range for S55, and then 2014.

The LIC Floor Plans and Bay Library Floor Plan will show you the area that different call numbers are kept in.  iFind will also link to the appropriate floor plan for the book you are after: click on ‘Library’ under the title you are interested in and click ‘Locate’ to open up the floor plan.

You may find our Video Tutorials page useful to help you with your search.

St David's Park Library

St David's Park Library uses a different system, the Dewey Decimal System, to catalogue their books. If iFind shows that the book you are looking for is located in that particular library, you will see a different call number that will look more like this: 823.33

Books catalogued under the Dewey Decimal System run in numerical order, so to find the above book you would first look for the 800’s on the shelf. When located, search amongst the 800’s for 823. Then, within the 823’s, search for any books that end with .33 . The book you are searching for will be amongst those books in alphabetical order of the author’s surname.