Searching and Finding
WorldCat Discovery (iCatalogue) is a service that allows you to search for books, articles, videos, sound recordings, and other materials from yours Library, other University Libraries, and many other libraries (locally, nationally, and internationally), all at the same time. Items owned by the UKZN Library will appear at the top of the results list.
WorldCat Discovery (iCatalogue) also searches several popular article databases such as EBSCO Academic, ProQuest, and ArticleFirst. From the Advanced Search screen, you can choose to add or remove additional databases from your search.
By default, WorldCat Discovery (iCatalogue) searches:
WorldCat Discovery (iCatalogue) features a Quick Search and an Advanced Search. Quick Search (the default basic search) allows you to search by keyword or phrase. Quick Search is similar to a Google search: enter keywords (topic, author, title, etc.) in any combination. Use quotation marks to search an exact phrase. We especially recommend using quotation marks when searching by "title."
Advanced Search (accessible from the link on the default search screen) provides more options for creating precise searches. From the Advanced Search screen, you can:
For more detailed information on search options, see WorldCat Discovery (iCatalogue)'s Search Tutorial.
Yes. Use the following symbols to run Boolean searches in WorldCat Discovery (iCatalogue):
When you know the title of the item you're looking for (book, article, etc.), put the title in quotes and then search. Ex: "Hunger Games"
There are several ways to narrow down your results to obtain a more precise list of materials. Use the "Refine Your Search" menu on the left side of the screen to narrow results by author, format, year, topic, or other criteria.
You can also run a new search with additional and/or different keywords. This may result in a smaller or larger set of items, depending on the keywords you enter.
Yes. By default, WorldCat Discovery (iCatalogue) lists results by relevance, which means items appear in an order based on their relevance to the search terms. This also means that you will see items owned by UKZN as the first results and then items owned by other libraries. The wording next to an item displays: "Held by University of KwaZulu-Natal Library" and indicates that UKZN Library owns it.
At the top of the results list, you can use the "Sort by" drop-down menu to change the sort order to library and relevance (items owned by UKZNs Library appear first, followed by other libraries), title (alphabetically), author (alphabetically), or date (oldest first or newest first).
See the "Libraries that own this item" field next to each item to determine whether UKZN Library owns it.
To see the list of libraries that own an item not owned or not currently available from UKZN Library, click "Worldwide Libraries own this item."
For items owned by UKZN Library, the location, status, and call number will appear next to an item. For more detail click on the title and "Check Availibity"
A "Access Online " or "View full text" button will appear for articles/eBooks owned by UKZN Library. Use this button to check for electronic full-text or eBooks.
If an item is not owned or not currently available from UKZN Library, click "Worldwide Libraries own this item" to check availability at other libraries. Use the "ILL Request" button to enter the ILL system and request items not held by UKZN Library.
A "Access Online " or "View full text" button will appear for articles/eBooks owned by UKZN Library. Use this buttons to check for electronic full-text or eBooks.
The basic search screen allows you to limit your results to UKZN Library, other UKZN University branch libraries, or libraries worldwide. Advanced Search (accessible from the link on the default search screen) provides more options for creating precise searches. From the Advanced Search screen, you can:
Yes. Use the "ILL Request" to enter the ILL system and request items not held by UKZN Library.
All users must first create an account by clicking the "Set/reset password" link the first time they try to use "My Library Account." This only needs to be done once.
A WorldCat Discovery (iCatalogue) user account allows you to save searches, create lists of items and more. To create an account, click "Sign in" to the right of "WorldCat Discovery (iCatalogue)" (iCatalogue) on the top right.
Icons for printing and e-mailing records appear at the bottom of each item.
Click on "Cite/Export" at the bottom of the item and, then click the appropriate link.