FINDING BOOKS USING ILLINET Online
order to find books in the Oakton Library you need to use the online library
catalog, ILLINET Online. Use ILLINET Online to search for books by author,
title, subject and keywords. Use keyword searching for a narrow or complex
search topic or use subject searching for a broad subject. Develop your
search skills and practice often!
about finding books on the shelves
needs a consistent and authoritative system for organizing and arranging
their collections so users can find what they need easily and quickly.
Many academic libraries adhere to the the Library
of Congress Classification System for organizing and locating books
and other items. It's not necessary to memorize this system; however,
number or book's location may look different from the Dewey Decimal
System that many of the public libraries use. You"ll need the call
number to find the location of the over 92,000 books owned by the Oakton
Library. The location will be the Des Plaines campus (DP) or Ray Harstein
Campus Library (RHC).
You'll find that most books on a particular
subject are shelved together; therefore, if you know a particular call
number it's likely that there will be similar books nearby. Since many
other academic libraries use the Library of Congress System, you'll feel
more comfortable in using other academic libraries if you transfer to
another college or university.
Print or write down the citation (author, title,
publisher, date of publication, etc.) and the location information (call
number). You'll need some of this information for your bibliography and
to locate the book(s) on the shelf.
Note the circulation status. If the book is
checked out, see how ILLINET
can help to locate it in many other Illinois college and university libraries.
You may be also to locate what you need in one of the north
When you review the book to determine if it's
appropriate, scan the bibliography. It can lead to additional resources
and lends authority to the work. Look
for the campus location, too. Is it DP (Des Plaines) or RHC (Ray Harstein
Campus in Skokie)?