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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:

  • Keyword
  • Title
  • Author
  • Subject
  • 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 E-Book Collections held by Laurentian


With nearly 200 million records representing titles held by nearly 75,000 libraries, WorldCat allows you to find almost any book ever published.
Maximum Simultaneous users: Unlimited
Search Tips:  Once you log-in, click on the Help Button:
After your search, when you see a title that interests you, click it on and within the record you will see:
When you click on that, you will be led to a menu which allows you to check for the item's availability in Laurentian’s catalogue or order it through Interlibrary Loan.

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.