Tuesday, October 14, 2008

QUIK GUIDE: Finding Books

IfA Library Collection

Search LIBCAT (LIBrary CATalog at the IfA Library Web Site), for holdings of books and materials at all three IfA Libraries. On the LIBCAT search screen, fill in one or more boxes. Authors’ last names, words from titles or topics can be combined in the Quik Search box. Searches can be limited by location and/or date.

Records found by a search will include location/circulation status. Items with REF in the call number are shelved in the REFERENCE section. If an item is “OUT”, contact any IfA Library to have it recalled. Instructions for borrowing IfA books.

UHM Hamilton Library Collection

Search for books in the Voyager Online Catalog. The IfA librarians can borrow and return books for you. To borrow books yourself, you need a UH Manoa ID Card that is registered with the UHM Hamilton Library. Instructions for registering your ID Card.

Other Options

Safari Computer Books Online
(Licensed for UHM use only; limited to 2 simultaneous users) features the complete text of books on a wide range of topics from well-known publishers.
  • Find the Safari link under “S” at “Journals, Newsletters & Annual Reports” (on the IfA Library Web Site under Quik Info).

  • To access UHM-Licensed books, on the Safari site, check the "My Bookshelf" radio button (upper left column).

  • Enter a search word in the "[Start a New Search]" box or to see the entire selection of books available to UHM users, leave the search box blank and click on "GO".

  • To open a Safari Book, click on its cover. To read, click on the "START READING ONLINE" yellow box (upper right corner) or click on the “Table of Contents” link.
A catalog of books, web resources and materials available worldwide. To reach the link, go to 20+ Best eResearch Indexes (on the IfA Library’s Web Site under “Quik Info”). There are 2 link options:
InterLibrary Loan Service
To borrow books from libraries outside of Hawaii use Hamilton Library’s InterLibrary Loan Service. Or send the book information you have to your local IfA Librarian for free delivery service [email: library at ifa dot Hawaii dot edu].