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About the Library Catalog

The Library Catalog has a record of each of the items belonging to the Case Libraries. These include:

  • Books
  • Journals
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Slides and video recordings
  • Music and musical scores (sheet music)
  • Electronic resources such as research databases, online journals, and e-books

Note : You won’t find information on individual journal articles in the Library Catalog. The next section covers using the Research Databases to find journal articles on a topic.

Using the Library Catalog to Find a Book or Journal

A Library Catalog record contains all the basic information about an item:

  • Author
  • Title
  • Location
  • Status
  • Subject(s)



An item’s location indicates which campus libraries have copies and in which section of the library to look. The Lillian and Milford Harris Library has the following catalog abbreviations:

  • MSASS Stacks
  • MSASS Reserve (for Course Reserves)
  • MSASS Reference
  • MSASS Quick Reference
  • MSASS Media
  • MSASS Off site (mostly for print journals)


Call Number

The Library of Congress call number directs the user to the location of an item on the shelf and allows books to be grouped together by subject instead of by title or author. To locate a book in the Harris Library, refer to the signs at the end of the shelves that indicate call number range.

Ask at the Reference Desk if you need help finding a book.


The status indicates whether a title is available, checked out, lost, or for in-library use only:

  • CHECK SHELVES—item is available
  • DUE 08-29-17—title is checked out
  • DUE 08-29-17 OFF CAMPUS—item is checked out through OhioLINK
  • LIB USE ONLY—cannot be borrowed; used for reference items

Other statuses indicate that an item is not available:


Note: Print journals cannot be checked out even though the status is listed as CHECK SHELVES.

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