Alternate ways to search while catalog is down

Access to the ALADIN Catalog continues to be problematic. In the meanwhile there are still options for conducting research in the library and electronically.

Access to electronic journal articles and databases
The problems we are experiencing with the catalog should not affect the subscription databases. You should still be able to access them as normal.

Finding books and journals in CUA Libraries
Although you may not be able to search our library catalog right now, there is a database known as OCLC WorldCat that can serve as a catalog to libraries nationwide. After you conduct a search, look through the results for items labeled Catholic Univ of America. These are items we actually own. Click on the title to see the full record and a partial call number – this will help you locate the item in the stacks. However be warned – WorldCat does not have circulation data, so it will not tell you if an item is checked out, nor if it is in a campus library as opposed to Mullen. Ask at the Information Desk if you are unsure.

WorldCat item in CUA

You can also specify that WorldCat list only items from CUA Libraries in the search results. From the main WorldCat page, select Expert Search, scroll down until you find Limit availability to: and check the box next to Items in my library. This is actually a fairly decent way to continue your research while the catalog is down.

Limit availability to CUA items.

If you have any questions please Ask a Librarian.

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