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Research Skills: Print Books

A step-by-step approach to ensure that you possess the key skills required to find, retrieve and evaluate information on your research topic.

Search Options

Use the dropdown menu in the library catalogue search block to access various search options.

Finding Books Using the Unisa Library’s Catalogue

TITLE

  • Change the dropdown menu to Title and type the exact title of the book in the search box, eg. Living in hope and history
  • Click on Search
  • The search result(s) will open in a new window
  • Click on the required title to view the full details of the book: location, shelf number, status (availability), date of publication, edition, etc.
  • Use the shelf number to find the book on the shelf
  • Location indicates in which branch of the library or in which collection the item is housed
  • Use the Request button to request a title online..

AUTHOR

AUTHOR

  • Change the dropdown menu to Author
  • Type the surname before the first name in the search box, eg. for the author Stephen Clingman, type in Clingman Stephen
  • Click on Search
  • A list of publications by the selected author will appear
  • Click on the required title to view the full details of the book: location, shelf number, status (availability), date of publication, edition, etc.
  • Use the shelf number to find the book on the shelf
  • Location indicates in which branch of the library or in which collection the item is housed
  • Use the Request button to request a title online.

Finding Books Using the Unisa Library's Catalogue

KEYWORD

Keywords use free language or exact phrases and , thus, these terms are searched for anywhere in the record. It is best to use keyword searches when you do not know the standard subject heading. Please remember that keywords can retrieve a large number of results. Examples of keywords can be   ‘diversity management’ or “childhood” etc.

  •  To select your search option, use the drop down menu and select Keyword
  • Type your keyword(s) in the search box, eg. diversity management
  • Click on Search
  • The search result(s) in the form of book titles will appear
  • Click on the required title to view the full details of the book: location, shelf number, status (availability), date of publication, edition, etc.
  • Use the shelf number to find the book on the shelf
  • Location indicates in which branch of the library or in which collection the item is housed
  • Use the Request button to request a title online.

Library Catalogue

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Advanced Keyword Search

SUBJECT

SUBJECT

Searching for information by subject headings may assist you to find material that focuses on a particular topic. Subject headings are predetermined terms which are found in the Library of Congress Subject Headings lists. If you do not know the correct Library of Congress Subject Heading, rather perform a keyword or title search to find at least one relevant title on your topic. Use the full display of that record to find the subject heading(s) used.

  •  To select your search option, use the drop down menu and select Subject
  • Type your topic in the search box, eg. Strategy
  • Click on Search
  • A list of subject headings will appear
  • Click on the required subject heading
  • The search result(s) in the format of book titles will appear
  • Click on the required title to view the full details of the book: location, shelf number, status (availability), date of publication, edition, etc.
  • Use the shelf number to find the book on the shelf
  • Location indicates in which branch of the library  or in which collection the item is housed
  • Use the Request button to request a title online.