Finding books by topics: Making library catalogues work for you

Want to improve your chances of finding books on your topics in the U of T Library Catalogue and other library catalogues?  This workshop offers hands-on practice in using to efficiently discover resources by topic/subject.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the basics of the subject headings* used by most academic & public library catalogues
  • Use different methods to find relevant subject headings to use in order to find books on specific topics
  • Use subject headings to discover special types of resources, such as conference proceedings or journals on a particular topic
  • Effectively find books on their own topics of interest. Bring a few topics to test drive!

This workshop will be of interest to students:

  • In all programs & concentrations since graduate students will need to find books on their research topics
  • With an interest in reference librarianship since librarians must help users to find books on THEIR topics even when the librarian is unfamiliar with those topics!

*Library of Congress Subject Headings is the most common system used by public & academic libraries world-wide.

Should you fail to withdraw 48+ hours in advance, thereby preventing your colleagues on the waitlist from filling in your spot, your library account will be charged $10 per missed workshop.  Please note, it is your responsibility to sign next to your name on the attendance sheet for each workshop session.  A blank signature spot will result in a penalty charge.


Nalini K. Singh, Academic Librarian, Reference Services Coordinator