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Cataloging Resources

Cataloging resources for IST 604,616, and general use: includes links to tools, authority links, and classification systems.

Introduction to Cataloging Resources

Welcome to the Cataloging Resources guide! This guide will be a great source for students in IST 604 or 616 to access the cataloging resources used in the classes: 

  • ClassWeb Plus (replaces Cataloger's Desktop)
  • RDA Toolkit

Please note: These resources are also used by the staff of SU Libraries on weekdays during business hours.  In order to avoid reaching the maximum number of simultaneous users, please use as possible during off-peak times (evenings and weekends). 

Classification Web Plus Access


  • Start at
  • Click the ClassWeb main menu button
  • At the prompt for username and password: add the username and password distributed by your instructor.

RDA Toolkit Access

Connecting to RDA Toolkit

Please note that RDA Toolkit has 2 versions: the Official, current version; and the Original, older version. The instructions to access are different for each version.


Original RDA Toolkit (older version)

Start at this link: Original RDA Toolkit

Enter your SU NetID at the prompt, if off-campus.

You will see the landing page and "Syracuse University Library" as text in the upper right.

Click on a tab on the left menu pane (RDA, Tools, Resources) to start accessing links within the toolkit.


Official RDA Toolkit (current version)

Start at this link: RDA Toolkit and enter your SU NetID at the prompt, if off-campus.

When you reach the RDA Toolkit landing page, click the Login button on the page without entering a username or password. 

You should see the text "Syracuse University Library" in the upper left corner of the site. From here, you can access the content from the drop-down menu (Entities, Guidance, Policies, Resources).

Cataloging Standards and References


The Library of Congress Classification is available in print and online. The print volumes are located in the Government Documents section on the 3rd floor of Bird Library.

All volumes start with the call number LC 26.9.




Critical and Inclusive Cataloging Sites

Find Books, Articles, Media, and More using Libraries Search

SU Libraries' new Libraries Search Platform was launched on June 26 and replaces the Classic Catalog and Summon. Visit this page for detailed instructions and videos on the use of Libraries Search. Electronic resources will be activated in Libraries Search on an ongoing basis. For assistance in finding electronic resources, please contact the Libraries via the Get Help, or Brenna at