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Primatology: Find Books

SLU Libraries Catalog

The SLU Libraries Catalog consists of the holdings of all of the Saint Louis University libraries.  It is part of MOBIUS, a consortium of 70+ academic libraries in Missouri with its own shared catalog.  And MOBIUS has partnered with the Prospector consortium of Colorado and Wyoming libraries to make many more resources available.  To look for a book, begin the search in the SLU Libraries Catalog. 

  • If the book is owned by Pius and currently available, it should be at the shelf location identified by its call number; consult a Location Guide to find it. If the book is unavailable at Pius but can be found at another SLU library, use the Catalog's Request feature to borrow it from that SLU Library (you also can go and check it out yourself from these libraries).
  • If the book is unavailable from a SLU Library, then use the Search MOBIUS feature MOBIUS button to search the MOBIUS Catalog and make a request to borrow the book that way.
  • If the book is also unavailable via MOBIUS, then use the Prospector feature  to search the Prospector Catalog and make a request to borrow the book that way.
  • Finally, if the book is unavailable from both the SLU Libraries and MOBIUS, place an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request for it through the ILLIAD system. [Note: All requests for journal articles should be placed through ILL.]
TUTORIAL:Find Books on a Topic with the SLU Libraries Catalog
Click here to view this online tutorial on Catalog search basics.
  • See Help Center on searching the SLU Libraries Catalog
  • The SLU Library Catalog identifies all types of materials—not just books—in the collections of the SLU Libraries. For periodicals, it indicates the libraries’ holdings but does not display information at the article level. Use the resources in the Databases section of this guide to identify resources that will lead to articles on a topic.
  • The SLU Locust Street Library Facility (LSLF) holds valuable but less frequently used material in a high-density, climate-controlled, and closed-stack environment, including  most bound journals published before 2000, and journals that are no longer received in print.  Each item will appear in the SLU Libraries Catalog with the location “Locust Street Facility.”  

‚ÄčRequest individual journal volumes or other items housed in the LSLF using the REQUEST button in the SLU Libraries Catalog.  Books will be delivered to the Library of your choice for pickup, usually within 24 hours, Monday-Friday. You will receive an email at your SLU email address when the item is ready for pickup or use in the Library.

Searching for Books About Primates

Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)

Subject searching, i.e., Subjects (Library of Congress), typically is the most efficient approach to using a library catalog. Some tips:

• When you search the subject heading Primates, the resultant display indicates there are

o Related Subjects – These include narrower terms such as Apes and Cebidae.  Each of these may, in turn, have their own Related Subjects (e.g., Apes has Gibbons and Gorilla).
o Subdivided Subjects – These include subject subdivisions (e.g., Primates Behavior or Primates Conservation or Prosimians Effect of predation) as well as geographical subdivisions (Primates Madagascar) to help focus the search.

• Be sure to follow embedded cross-references. For example, Under Related Subjects for Primates you'll find "See Also the narrower term Hominids"  


Keyword searches seek the presence of a string of characters in these fields of the catalog record, e.g., author, title, subject, and note. Keyword search results indicate the character string is present in a record but do not necessarily mean that the resource represented by the record is about the subject of the search. For example, while a keyword search of Capuchins identifies some books that include chapters on the primate, the results of this search consist mainly of a list of resources about Capuchin monks! Thus keyword searching may not be as efficient as subject searching. Nonetheless, keyword searches can lead to appropriate subject headings used in the catalog. In the Capuchin scenario, LCSH associated with the topically relevant records include Social behavior in animals and Learning in animals.

Finally, when there are no LCSH that correspond specifically to your topic, keyword searches can help identify resources that may otherwise be overlooked. As with the resources described in the Indexing and Abstracting Services section of this guide, be sure to search the various names, popular and scientific, by which the primate is known (e.g., Dusky leaf monkey, trachypithecus obscurus, and spectacled langurs).