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How to use the new online Library Catalogue

Published by Dipa Barua

Q. The SFU online library catalogue is the most user-unfriendly I have ever come across in fifty years of using university libraries. Can you please restore the old, simple catalogue in which one could enter an author's name and then find which of the author's books are to be found in the library, and where? Even a librarian at the Belzberg library has not been able to show me how to do this.

A. Thank you for sending your feedback. The previous catalogue was over 20 years old and no longer supported by the vendor. We had to move to a new system.  I understand that the new catalogue operates very differently from the previous catalogue. With regard to finding items by an author, there are a few different ways to do this. 

Here is one way as an example:

  1. I used the Browse Search on the main menu, [see screenshot] >> by author [click the dropdown to choose author]
  2. I searched Harriss, j and the first result is Harriss, John with 15 records [see screenshot]
  3. I click on the first result and get taken to a search results page with 14 results (one result had two version, thus the 15 above)

Please let us know if we can assist in any way. 

Janice Banser
Systems Librarian

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