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Using TechCat+: Basics

Lawrence Tech's version of WorldCat Local is a window into resources on campus, on the web, and at other libraries...a great place to start research

TechCa Discovery

TechCat is now powered by OCLC's WorldCat Discovery.  The content is the same as WorldCat Local but the interface is new.

What's in TechCat+ ?

What is included in a search in TechCat?

Books, journal titles, ejournals, articles, and other items at Lawrence Tech (these always display FIRST)

Books, journal titles, and other items at other libraries (these always display after LTU items)

♦LIBRARY is actually "Libraries and Relevance" and shows LTU first;
♦BEST MATCH is "Relevance" shows any library

All databases in the section below are searched every time:

-ABI/Inform
-Academic OneFile (Gale)

-ACM Digital Library
-ASCE books, journals, and proceedings

-ASME Transactions and Proceedings
-Article First

-Biomed Central
-Business Insights
-Business Source Compete (limited)
-Ebrary Academic Complete ebooks
-Emerald Journals
-General OneFile (Gale)
-IEEE database
-INFORMS journals
-IOP Science
-ERIC*
-Proquest Psychology
-PsycArticles
-PubMed
-SAE Papers
-ScienceDirect
-Sage Journals
-Springer Journals

Using "Advanced Search" you can add 40+ databases, including
    
(login to BlackBoard is required to view these)

-Applied Science and Technology Abstracts
-Art Abstracts (Wilson)
-Avery Index (limited)
-Biological and Ag Index
-Business Abstracts (Wilson)
-Education Abstracts
-General Science Abstracts
-Greenfile
-Health Reference Academic
-Humanities Abstracts
-LegalTrac
-Omnifile (Wilson)
-Social Science Abstracts

and more

What is TechCat+ ?

TechCat+ is a discovery tool...it includes everything that the older TechCat had, but adds access to ebooks, articles, videos, from about 33 different databases.  You can even add additional databases to search via the "Advanced Search" screen.  These may require you to log into BlackBoard first to see the results that include those databases.

But remember, although TechCat+ is a great place to start, it doesn't include everything.
Make sure you check our subject library guides in your area of interest to explore even more resources.

Search Tips

To search Lawrence Tech and other libraries, choose "Libraries Worldwide". 

► Lawrence Tech books and articles are always shown first, followed by other libraries' holdings. 

If you only want Lawrence Tech items, check the box for "Lawrence Techological University" in the left box.
► NOTE: if you choose "Lawrence Tech Library" it will only show print items in our book collection.  No ebooks or articles.

Choose "Advanced Search" to add other databases, to limit by date or item type, and other options.

"Available" means "Available in the Library" and "Access Online" means it is available online.  We recommend you go to the full record to see the online options, as there may be several versions to choose from from that screen..

Facets:

Limit your search by type, date, author, etc. with the column on the left, similar to most shopping websites. You will do the search first, then limit by:

  • Location   (leave it at Libraries Worldwide to see LTU first)
  • Content   (peer-reviewed?)
  • Format   (books, ebooks, articles, etc.)
  • Databases  (which ones returned results, can limit here to just one of them if desired)
  • Date   (last 5 years or specific dates)

and other options.

► As you type in the search bar, suggestions will appear...click on the suggestion if that is what you want

Highly Recommended:

You can add labels to add precision to your search if starting from a plain searchbox:

Add  kw:  or   ti:  or  au:  before your search terms for more precision  ("kw:" searches in more fields)

For an exact title, you can use "ti="  (ti=cover letters)   [similar to "starts with these words, and in this order"]

To make sure the words are adjacent, but anywhere in the title, use ti:"cover letters"

You can combine searches, such as au:wright AND kw:architecture  (use capitals for AND, OR, or NOT and you can use parentheses to pinpoint your search.

Search these Databases Separately

These databases stand alone, search them by themselves

-Avery Index/Art Abstracts

-Engineering Village

-Faulkner (FAITS and Security)

-Lexis/Nexis (coming soon to TechCat+)

-Mergent

-SAE Papers (also in TechCat+)

-SCOPUS

-Statista

TechCat Discovery

 

TechCat Discovery  It has the same content as TechCat via WorldCat Local, but with a new interface:

http://ltu.on.worldcat.org/advancedsearch

 

 

Need help? Contact the library at 248.204.3000 or email refdesk@ltu.edu