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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.

Additional Print Resources

  • McGraw Hill Dictionary of Chemistry (2nd Floor: Ref. QD 5 M357 1997)
  • Encyclopedia of Chemistry (3rd Floor: Ref. QD 5 E58 1973)
  • CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics (2nd Floor: Ref. QD 65 H3 / 3rd Floor: QD 65 H3)


Shelf Searching

Laurentian uses LC Classification. Some patrons may wish to browse for books in the stacks; Chemistry and Biochemistry are classified under science (Q) and more specifically, under QD:

QD1-999 - Chemistry
QD1-65 - General
QD71-142 - Analytical chemistry
QD146-197 - Inorganic chemistry
QD241-441 - Organic chemistry
QD415-436 - Biochemistry
QD450-801 - Physical and theoretical chemistry
QD625-655 - Radiation chemistry
QD701-731 - Photochemistry
QD901-999 - Crystallography


With nearly 200 million records representing titles held by nearly 75,000 libraries you will find almost any book ever published in the English language in WorldCat.
Search Tips:  Once you log-in, click on the Help Button: Help button
After your search, when you see a title that interests you, click on it and within the record you will see an image for "Get it @ Laurentian" :
   Get it @ Laurentian
When you click on that, you will be led to a menu which allows you to check for availability in Laurentian’s catalogue or order the item through ILL - Interlibrary Loan.
Note: While a free version of WorldCat is available online, we recommend that you use the university's subscription version of WorldCat because it offers the "Get it @ Laurentian" feature and more powerful search functionality.