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Finding Books by Topics: Making Library Catalogues Work for You

Want to improve your chances of finding books on your topics in the U of T Library Catalogue and other library catalogues? This workshop offers hands-on practice in using to efficiently discover resources by topic/subject.

Participants will:

  • Understand the basics of the subject headings* used by most academic & public library catalogues
  • Learn different ways of finding subject headings to use in their search statements
  • Use subject headings to discover special types of resources, such as conference proceedings or journals on a particular topic
  • Practice in an academic library catalogue (UTL), and a public library catalogue (TPL)
  • Find books on their own topics of interest. Bring a few topics to test drive!


This workshop will be of interest to people:

  • In all programs & concentrations since graduate students will need to find books on their research topics
  • With an interest in reference librarianship since librarians must help users to find books on THEIR topics even when the librarian is unfamiliar with those topics!

*Library of Congress Subject Headings is the most common system used by public & academic libraries world-wide.

Should you fail to withdraw 48+ hours in advance, thereby preventing your colleagues on the waitlist from filling in your spot, your library account will be charged $10 per missed workshop. Please note, it is your responsibility to sign next to your name on the attendance sheet for each workshop session. A blank signature spot will result in a penalty charge.

Instructor: Nalini K. Singh, Academic Librarian, Reference Services Coordinator

Location: Bissell Building, 140 St. George Street, Second Floor, 224/225.

Friday, September 28, 2018
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Inforum Library
St. George (Downtown) Campus
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Kathleen Scheaffer