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Catalogue records

At the level of individual catalogue record you are presented with specific information.

Bibliographic information about the work:

  • the author and title of the work
  • the publication date, publisher and other bibliographic information
  • the type of material (eg book, DVD)

Item information about the copies of the book the library has:

  • the item's location within the library or group of libraries
  • the classmark of the item (this tells you where the book is on the shelf)
  • the status of the item (whether it is currently on loan, available in the library or reference use only)

In the example below you can see the item information included in a table between elements of the bibliographic record.

Example of bibliographic record

The underlined entries (eg Author, Subject) act as links to lists of other records containing those fields.

Depending on the catalogue, many library records contain information for both print holdings and any electronic access for a particular title. Records for electronic resources contain most of the following information:

  • name of the resource
  • author and publisher information
  • connection information (usually a link to the resource)
  • access information

In the example below the location indicates that it is an electronic resource and a link is provided to connect to the resource.

Record for a Electronic Resource

If the resource requires authentication you may be asked to login prior to accessing the resource, ask at your library if you need to obtain passwords. For further information about authentication and password systems look at the accessing electronic resources information in this tutorial.

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