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About the Library Catalog

Don't confuse the Library Catalog with Databases. Databases are the primary place to go to instantly access full-text journal articles and books.

The catalog provides:

Listings of physical books and other materials. As the name implies, it is a catalog (listing) of the books and other information sources (videos, etc.) held at TROY Libraries, i.e., the brick and mortar libraries in Troy, Dothan, Montgomery, and Phenix City, Alabama.

Q&A: I don't live near the Library, how can I obtain these materials? Click here to read about Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service.

Listings of electronic books. The Library subscribes to several databases which provide the full text of books right online ... you can read the entire book from anywhere in the world. The primary way to access these books is from the databases page (not the catalog). Nevertheless, it is very helpful for our patrons to be able to find listings of these books in the catalog, so many they are listed there (as well as within the databases).

Journal locator. Although the catalog is primarily for use in locating books and documents, it can also be searched by Periodical Title to find out if the library subscribes to a particular journal. To do this, enter your search terms in the search box and click on the search category "Periodical Title."

Q&A: Why would you need to do this?

SCENARIO: You have a citation to an article, e.g., you know the title of the article, the name of the journal, the volume, issue, and page. Maybe you found it in a database or on the Internet. Maybe you instructor listed it in their syllabus or it was listed in your textbook. You have the citation but not the article.

Your first step should probably be to use Journal Search (linked on the databases page), a specialized database that tells which journals are full text in which databases. For example, Journal Search can tell you that Business Ethics Quarterly is provided full text from 01/01/1991 to the present in the database named Business Source Premier. Click here to read more about Journal Search.

But maybe your journal is not in a database--in that case, if one of the TROY Libraries subscribes to the journal, they may be able to copy the article and send it to you (by e-mail, fax, or mail). Click here to read about Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service. You can use the Library Catalog to find out if the Library has the issue of the journal you are looking for.

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Last Updated: 07/17/2012

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