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Syracuse University Libraries

Sustainability Resources

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Using the SU Libraries' Classic Catalog and WorldCat to Identify Useful Resources

SU Libraries' Classic Catalog (for identifying resources of interest that are available at SU)

A pull-down menu offers search options more specific than "Keyword," including "Author," "Title," "Journal Title," "Subject" (Library of Congress Heading), and "Call Number."   Examples:

  • KNOWN AUTHOR: carson rachel
  • KNOWN TITLE: inconvenient truth
  • JOURNAL TITLE: current opinion in environmental sustainability (an on-line journal published by Elsevier Science)
  • LC SUBJECT heading (person): agassiz louis
  • LC SUBJECT heading (topic): conservationists  (Always note standardized headings that display as orange "Subjects" links in relevant Classic Catalog records; more on standardized subject headings at right.)
  • CALL NUMBER (a search whereby you can virtually browse all classified Libraries holdings, including digital resources, within a given subject area): hc79.E5 (base call number for Sustainable development, Environmental economics, Environmental policy, etc.); hd9502.a2 (base call number for Power resources, Energy industries

WorldCat (for identifying resources of interest beyond those immediately accessible at SU)  

This database, known as a union catalog, can be used to identify resources available at institutions other than the SU Libraries. WorldCat contains records for millions of books and other items held and cataloged by OCLC consortium member libraries, offering bibliographic and holdings information on materials of all vintages, in all formats (including electronic/digital), and in hundreds of different languages.

Material at other institutions can often be obtained for your use via the SU Libraries' Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service. Use of standardized Library of Congress subject headings (such as those in the box at the right) in the "Advanced Search" option is a particularly effective way to search WorldCat.


Questions and Suggestions?

We welcome suggestions for books, journals, videos, or other resources for our collection.

Questions? Please contact:

  • Tasha Cooper, Collection Development and Analysis Librarian, 315-443-9518