Use the Tufts
Libraries Catalog to find books owned by HHSL
and other Tufts libraries.
Some Search Tips:
Anatomy of a Catalog Record
- Search by the Author or Title of the
book to locate a specific book.
- Search by Subject or Keyword to locate
books about particular topics.
- Subject Searches - books are cataloged
using Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) which are preferred
search terms created by the National Library of Medicine
for searching the MEDLINE database. Books are also cataloged
using Library of Congress (LC) subject headings. You will
get different retrieval if you search using Neoplasms (a
MeSH term) compared to searching Cancer (an LC subject heading).
Look at the subject headings in the example below.
- Keyword Searches - to pull up all possible
books on a topic use synonyms and truncation, e.g., to search
for cardiology videos try the following search:
(heart or cardi**)
? is the wildcard symbol in the catalog used to replace
exactly one character. * replaces 1-5 characters and **
replaces any number of characters. In the example above,
cardi** searches for cardiac, cardiology, cardiovascular.
Keyword searching using the wildcard can be useful, but
be aware that in the above example you will also retrieve
cardinal, cardiff, cardigan and any other words beginning
with cardi which have nothing to do with cardiology or heart.
- Limits - use the drop down menu to limit
In the middle of the record is a table with the location,
call number, and status of the item. The Location
indicates which Tufts library owns the book, as well as the
physical location within the library: Reserve, Reference,
Library Service Desk, or 5th Floor Books Stacks.
The Call No. is the number on the spine of the book.
Numbers for an explanation of what the letters and numbers
The Status tells you whether the book can be checked
out or not, or if is has been checked out by someone else.
In the example above the book is in the HHSL Book Stacks so
it can be checked out.