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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 (including individual articles).

You can search the catalogue by:

  • Title
  • Author/Creator
  • Subject
  • Call Number

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.

Shelf Searching

Laurentian uses LC Classification. Some patrons may wish to browse for books in the stacks; Engineering is classified under Technology (T).

Example of shelf searching is shown below:

Subclass TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering

TA 168 - Systems Engineering

TA 170-171 - Environmental Engineering

TA 177.4-185 - Engineering Economy

TA 190-194 - Management of Engineering Works

TA 213-215 - Engineering Machinery, Tools, and Implements

TA 401-492 - Materials of Engineering and Construction, Mechanics of Materials

TA 501-625 - Surveying

TA 630-695 - Structural Engineering (General)

TA 703-712 - Engineering Geology. Rock and Soil Mechanics, Underground Construction

TA 715-787 - Foundations, Earthwork

TA 715-787 - Tunnels, Tunneling




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.