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UC Hastings Law Library Catalog Search Tips: Using the "Catalog" Tab

This guide provides tips for searching the Library's Catalog (Encore) for books, and Catalog Plus for books and articles. It also explains some of the Catalog's "Advanced Search" features.

Encore

The UC Hastings Law Library's online catalog ("Encore") is accessible from the Library's homepage.  From the home page, you can either simply type your term(s) in the search box, or click on the "Library Catalog" link from the home screen, in order to enter the full Encore site:

Searching by Author

In order to find books written by a specific author, you can simply begin typing the author's name in the Encore search box . . .

Or click on "Advanced Search" . . .

. . . select "Author" from the dropdown menu, and enter the author's name in the search box:

 

Searching by Subject

If you have a particular subject in mind, you can type your subject terms into the Encore search box . . .

. . . then refine your results by clicking on "Subject," under "Found in," on the left-hand side of your screen:

 

In the alternative, you could choose "Subject" from the Advanced Search screen's dropdown menu, and enter your search terms:

Searching by Title

To search for a specific title, simply type the title (or partial title) in the Encore search box:

From the Advanced Search screen, you can also choose the "Title" field from the dropdown menu, and enter your search terms:

Searching with Partial Information

Whether you are searching by title, keyword or author, you can input full or partial information.  For example, if you are trying to find the book "The First Amendment and the Business Corporation," by Ronald J. Colombo, but you do not have complete author and title information, you could select the "Title" field from the dropdown menu, and input the terms "first," "amendment," and "corporation" in the search box . . .

. . . and the book will come up first in your search results:

Similarly, if you have only the author's last name, and part of the title, you could choose the "Keyword" field from the dropdown menu, and enter the terms "colombo," "first" and "amendment" in the search box . . .

. . . and the title comes up:

Filtering Search Results

Once you have a list of results, you can refine your results by clicking on a number of filters, including: location, format, language, publication date, etc.  Available filters are listed on the left-hand side of the screen:

 

Determining Whether an Item is Available

Underneath the item title, you can view the format(s) in which the item is available: book, web resource, microform, etc. (if the catalog indicates that the item is available in microform format, ask a librarian to assist you in scanning the document):

Clicking on the item will show the item's location, call number, circulation status, etc.:

 

If an item is checked out to another patron, the "Status" field will show a due date:

 

You can place a hold on an item that is checked out to another patron by clicking on the "Request It" box:

Once the other patron returns the item, you will receive an email informing you that the item is ready for pickup at the Circulation Desk.