Finding Books and Journals
How do I find a specific book in the Library Catalog?
When you bring up the Library Catalog, it is automatically set to do a WORDS anywhere search.
"WORDS anywhere" looks for words found anywhere within a title; within the subject headings; within the list of author names; etc.
WORDS anywhere:: "college students" :
However, if you are looking for a specific title, or a specific author's name, or a specific subject heading within the Library Catalog, you will usually want to use the pull-down menu to change your search type from "WORDS anywhere" to "TITLE begins with," or "AUTHOR (last name first)," or "SUBJECT begins with."
A "begins with" search looks for your search terms as a phrase beginning with the first word entered in an alphabetical list of authors, titles, subjects or other headings.
So if you are looking for a book entitled Not Quite Burned Out But Crispy Around the Edges, just
You will then be presented with a list of titles; the title closest to the phrase that you entered should be toward the top of the list.
Browse Catalog by Title: "not quite burned out"
1) NOT QUITE AT HOME HOW AN AMERICAN JEWISH COMMUNITY LIVES WITH ITSELF AND ITS NEIGHBORS 
2) NOT QUITE BURNED OUT BUT CRISPY AROUND THE EDGES INSPIRATION LAUGHTER AND ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TEACHERS 
3) NOT QUITE CLASSICAL 
Click on the link to go to the record for that title.
How do I find out if the Library has a particular journal?
To find out if the Rutgers University Libraries receive a particular journal, just
If, for example, you were to enter "journal of accounting and economics" as your periodical title, you would then be presented with a list of titles; the title closest to the phrase that you entered should be toward the top of the list.
Browsing the Catalog
1) JOURNAL OF ACCOUNTANCY ONLINE 
2) JOURNAL OF ACCOUNTING AND ECONOMICS 
3) JOURNAL OF ACCOUNTING AND PUBLIC POLICY 
4) JOURNAL OF ACCOUNTING AND PUBLIC POLICY ONLINE 
Clicking on the second title listed would lead you to the following record:
I found the record for the journal I'm looking for; now how do I figure out if a library has the issue that I need?
The Rutgers Libraries are currently in the process of changing how the periodical "holdings" [i.e., the part of the record that indicates which libraries own what portion of each journal title] display in the Library Catalog. During this period of flux, you may encounter two possible types of periodical holdings records.
The "Old" Journal Record Format
In a traditional the Library Catalog serial record, the important part to look at are the entries after "Library has:"; these indicate which Rutgers Libraries have what portion of the journal. In this case, the Dana Library in Newark and the Robeson Library in Camden both have the Journal of Accounting and Economics. The Dana Library has it going back to volume 1 (1979); while Camden has it going back to volume 19 (1995). Both libraries stopped receiving it in the year 2000.
Note also the "Electronic access:" link that appears before the first "Library has". This indicates that some portion of this title is available electronically. You would click on this link to find out if the volume/article that you are looking for is available electronically.
The "New" Journal Record Format
Eventually, our periodical records should all look something like this:
Instead of a single "Library Has:" per library, there are two listings for each Rutgers library that is currently receiving a particular title.
In this case, the only Rutgers Library that is subscribing to this title is LSM (The Library of Science and Medicine) on the Busch Campus. The first LSM holdings entry gives the location [PER] and holdings for Current [unbound] issues: the most recent issue that LSM had received at this point was the July 20, 2002 issue, which is Issue 10 of Volume 75 of this journal.
The second LSM holdings entry gives the location [PER] and holdings for Bound volumes. There is one listing for the most recently bound volumes [i.e., Current holdings] and another listing for earlier bound volumes [i.e., "Holdings"]. All together LSM has bound volumes of the International Journal of Control from volume 1 (1965) through volume 75 , issues 1-6 (2002).
Note that in this case there are two "Electronic access:" links listed before the first holdings record. The second link has information on which issues of this journal you will find if you select this link: "EBSCO" has the full text of this journal going back to July 10, 1998; however, the most recent twelve months are not available in full text at this link.
The first "Electronic access:" link has no information about what portion of the journal is available at that link; you would need to follow the link to determine that information.
How do I get an article from one of your electronic journals?
While as an alumnus you are not able to access electronic articles from Rutgers subscriptions from home, you are welcome to come in and access them on-site in the Rutgers libraries. Network printing is available. Copies are 12 cents per page and you will need to purchase a copy card. Copy Cards may be purchased for $1 and more value can be added to the card ($1, $5, $10, or $20) from vending machines available in most Rutgers libraries.
In some cases you may also be able to download the article that you need or email it yourself.
Last updated May 18, 2004