Basics of Library Organization
The online catalog of the University of Hawaii. The UH Manoa Library shelves books and journals by Library of Congress Call Numbers.
Books in Chemistry will be shelved in QD:
QD1-65 General Including alchemy
QD71-142 Analytical chemistry
QD146-197 Inorganic chemistry
QD241-441 Organic chemistry
QD450-801 Physical and theoretical chemistry
QD625-655 Radiation chemistry
QDs are shelved in the stacks on the second floor of the Hamilton Library Addition.
There are also QDs in the Science & Technology Reference collection and in the Current Periodicals shelves. The Location field in the Hawaii Voyager record will tell you where the item is shelved.
Basics of Searching
Hawaii Voyager Library Catalog and the journal literature databases can all be searched using keywords that describe your topic, such as "stereochemistry AND organic."
Use index terms (or metadata) to refine your search. You can find terms to refine your search by clicking on a record and identifying relevant Library of Congress Subject Headings or descriptors attached to the record.
Combining Searches or Terms
Use Boolean logic (AND, OR, ANDNOT) to increase or decrease the number of records you will retrieve in a search. For more information about Boolean logic, go to the Boolean Operators LibGuide.
Use truncation symbols to easily broaden a search on a particular term, such as ? in the Hawaii Voyager Library Catalog, or * in many of the databases. Some databases will automatically stem a search term so that truncation symbols are unnecessary.
Filters and Limits
Look for provided tools that will help you filter and limit your searches such as using Journal Title Begins With to search for a particular journal in Hawaii Voyager Library Catalog or using Title Begins With to search, a book title.
Example: Prospective motion correction for magnetic resonance spectroscopy as a Title Begins With search retrieves the record for a 2010 UH Manoa Ph.D thesis
In journal literature databases, common limits that can be used include publication year, language, and document type.
Search by keyword phrases by enclosing the phrases in quotes, example: "analytical chemistry" keyword search
What if the book isn't in the library?