Library:Library Research Skills For Biologists/Module 3/Module 3C Locating Books/Page 06

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First CHECK THE CATALOGUE!
Did you copy down the location and call number correctly?


1. Does the catalogue indicate that the book has been signed out?

If a book has been borrowed by someone else, you should see a Due Date. If you want to be the next person to borrow the book, you can recall the book by clicking on the Request this item link on the right side of the record.


UBC catalogue recording showing a book that has been signed out


2. Does the catalogue say that the book is "On loan and has a Request"?

This means that someone else has already placed a request on the book, and he/she is next in line.

UBC catalogue recording showing a book that has been signed out


3. Does the catalogue say that the book is "In Transit"?

Usually this means that the book was returned to another library, and now it is on its way back to the home library, e.g. Woodward. In this case, check again the next day.


UBC catalogue recording showing a book that has been signed out


If you're sure that the book should be on the shelf . . . CHECK THESE PLACES:
  1. For Reserve books that should be on the shelf, check around the reserve area. Someone may have left it on a desk or beside a photocopier, or it may be waiting on a cart to be reshelved.

  2. For books that should be on the second or third floors of Woodward, check the sorting area (one on each floor), check the booktruck at the end of aisle where the book should be, and don't forget the photocopy rooms (one on each floor) or the study tables.

  3. If you still aren't successful, ask for help at the Information Desk.