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Cataloging Resources: Home

Cataloging resources, including links to tools, authority links, and classification systems.

Access to Cataloging Resources

How to connect to:

  • Cataloger's Desktop
  • Classification Web
  • RDA Toolkit

Please note: These resources are used by libraries' staff on weekdays during business hours.  In order to avoid reaching the maximum number of simultaneous users, please use these as possible during off-peak times (evenings and weekends). Also, when you are finished with RDA Toolkit each time, please log out instead of closing the browser window.

Start with Cataloger's Desktop:

Go to:

Enter the login information you received for this resource. You will be prompted to change your password the first time you log in.

For information about using this resource, please see the Cataloger's Desktop Training site.

Connecting to Classification Web:

From within Cataloger's Desktop (see above):

  • click on Contents and browse to Classification Web
  • select: Class Web Auto Login Menu
  • when prompted, enter login information provided in class (please note - this is not the same login you used for Cataloger's Desktop)
  • check the box next to: Register this computer for auto-login
  • do not check the box next to: Change password
  • optional: check the third box - Save your user name on this computer - if you want to do so.

If you register for auto-login, you should not have to login again when connecting via Cataloger's Desktop.  If you cannot connect using the above method, please contact Brenna.

 Connecting to RDA Toolkit

 Connect to RDA Toolkit by one of the following methods:

  • using this link:  RDA Toolkit
  • selecting RDA Toolkit from the Libraries' Databases list (click on R or select Library and Information Science as a subject). 

After connecting, you should see Syracuse University Library at the upper right of the screen. If you do not see Syracuse University Library, please contact Brenna.

Next, you will need to set up your profile.  Click on CREATE.

As you fill in the profile creation boxes, make sure you remember your Profile Name and Password.  You will need both later when you log in. Click Create when finished.

After you create your account, you should see your name, as well as Syracuse University Library, at the upper right of the page.

At the end of your session, be sure to log out using the small button at the upper right of the window instead of closing the browser or window.


Connecting to RDA from Cataloger's Desktop.  PLEASE NOTE:  This option may not work if you are off campus.

From within Cataloger's Desktop, click on RDA Resource Description and Access from the list at the left of the page.

If you are prompted to enter your RDA user name and password in a preferences box, please try connecting via SU Libraries' databases list

Questions?  Please contact Brenna Helmstutler at or 315-443-1100.