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Searching the Catalogue
The catalogue is your primary tool for finding books in the J.N. Desmarais Library. You can also use the catalogue to find other materials, including government publications and journals (the journals themselves--not individual articles).
You can search the catalogue by:
- Journal Title
When you know the book you are searching for, pick Title or Author; when you are searching for a topic, start with Keyword unless you know the exact Subject heading describing your topic.
More on searching the Catalogue is available in Module 5 of the Research Skills Tutorial in D2L.
E-books are located in two different places:
- Some may be located by using the library’s catalogue. These records will have [electronic resource] in the title.
- E-books can also be located by searching in e-book collections. Searching in these collections is the same as searching in a database.
Here is a list of available e-book collections which in total contain more than 400,000 titles!!
- ACLS Humanities Ebooks (over 6,200 ebooks in the humanities)
- Books at Ovid (over 380 ebooks in the health sciences)
- Early Canadiana Online (close to 52,000 ebooks mainly in Canadian history)
- Early English Books Online (100,000 English-language ebooks pre-1700s covering multiple subject areas)
- Ebrary (close to 40,000 ebooks in multiple subject areas) (Download/Install ebrary Reader™ Plug-in for Windows)
- Ebsco eBook Collection (over 7,000 ebooks in multiple subject areas)
- Eighteenth Century Collections Online (138,000 English-language ebooks written between 1701-1800)
- Emerald Business, Management and Economics Collection (over 420 ebooks in business and economics)
- Emerald Social Sciences Collection (over 200 ebooks in the social sciences)
- Érudit (15 French-language ebooks in the social sciences)
- ForensicNetBase (close to 200 ebooks in the forensic and criminal sciences)
- Gale Virtual Reference Library (over 80 reference ebooks in multiple subject areas)
IEEE Ebook Collection (over 400 ebooks in engineering, computing and physical sciences)
- OECD iLibrary (close to 1,500 ebooks in commerce and economics)
Oxford Handbooks Online (close to 100 ebooks in the social sciences)
- Oxford Scholarship Online (close to 1,500 ebooks in biology, business, history, physics and psychology)
- PsycBOOKS (over 2,000 ebooks in psychology)
- Sage eReference Collection (12 encyclopedias in the social sciences)
- Scholars Portal E-Books (over 250,000 ebooks in multiple subject areas. Select Full Text Only to find only those ebooks with full text)
- ScienceDirect (over 350 ebooks in the life sciences)
- SpringerLink (over 44,000 ebooks in multiple subject areas)
- Thieme Ebooks (60 ebooks in health and medicine)
Note: There is a "public" version of WorldCat accessible over the internet. You will find that the version available through the university contains a much more powerful search engine; further because of the "Get it @ Laurentian" feature, the university's version makes it much easier for you to obtain the books you want.