Finding Items Using iFind


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:











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 Plans, located on each floor, 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.


Can't Find What You Need?

If it's on iFind...

Check iFind to make sure that it hasn't been borrowed by someone else. iFind displays how many copies we own, and how many are currently available. If it has been borrowed, you can make a reservation (see our Borrowing, Renewing, Reserving Items page for information about reservations).

Before looking for the book, check whether the item is in the Library and Information Centre (or LIC - the main library) or another Library. This will be displayed on iFind. Also check to see if it is in a special category e.g. folios (books too large for the ordinary shelves which are shelved separately).

Ask for help at the Library Desk in the library you are using. We will double-check the shelves for you, and if the item still cannot be found you can fill in a Search Slip. Library staff will then continue to search for the item and will reserve it for you when found.

If it's not on iFind...

If you cannot find what you are looking for in the library catalogue, ask for help at the Library Desk. If we do not hold the material you require in Swansea University, you can use Document Supply Services if you are a student or member of staff to borrow a copy of a book from another library. This service can also supply photocopied articles and PDFs for you to keep.

If we don't hold a book that you think would be of use to your course or module, you can fill in a request form:

Or, you could email your subject librarian to ask if a copy could be obtained. Your suggestion will be considered in the light of course requirements and budget constraints.

You can search the online catalogues of other universities, but check Visitors Information for information on whether you will be allowed to visit them.