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.
Request 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.
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).