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How to Search for Books

Books at Sterne Library

  • Use the Local Catalog to find books available at Sterne Library. The Local Catalog also includes information about the journals, audiovisual materials, and online resources available at Sterne Library.
  • The Local Catalog offers the following basic search options:
    Title (omit initial articles a, an, the):
    grapes of wrath
    Author (lastname firstname):
    steinbeck john
    Keyword (main term(s) describing your topic, usually nouns):
    violence television children
  • After you identify a book in the local catalog, always note the Location and Call Number to locate the book on the shelf. Also, make sure the book's status is Not Checked Out.
  • If you need assistance locating a book on the shelf, ask for help at the Circulation Desk or the Reference/Information Desk, both on the first floor of the library.

Electronic Books

  • Some books listed in the Sterne Library catalog are electronic books, available for reading online.
  • Most of Sterne Library's electronic books are part of NetLibrary. You can search all the electronic books available in this collection by choosing NetLibrary from the databases section of our homepage.

Books at Other Libraries

  • The UAB Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences has a separate Catalog you can search to find books and other materials held by that library.
  • Use the WorldCat search box on the Library's home page to search the holdings of libraries worldwide. Books in Sterne Library's collection are listed first, in Lister Hill Library next, and then in order by closest to furthest location.

To Obtain Books from Other Libraries