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NR 001/ 002: Natural History and Human Ecology - Poleman and Kuentzel (Fall 2018/ Spring 2019)

Classic Library Catalog

The Classic Library Catalog
In addition to CATQuest, the Classic Library Catalog  provides another search interface to locate books, journals (not articles), microfilm collections, audiovisual materials, and U.S. documents (1976->) owned by UVM.

Guided Keyword looks for occurrences of words anywhere in the Library Catalog record (title, author, subject heading, etc.).

Use "and" to narrow your search down and focus onto your specific topic by combining two or more terms. All terms must be present.
Tip: In the Library Catalog, choose "all of these" instead of typing "and" between your terms, e.g., forests health [all of these]

Use the "or" connector to combine synonyms or alternative terms that have a similar meaning. ANY of the terms must appear in the same record. This broadens your search.
Tip: In the Library Catalog, choose "any of these" instead of typing "or" between your terms, e.g., lakes ponds [any of these]

  • Tip: Use ? to truncate: [environment? finds environment, environments, enviornmental, environmentally, environmentalism, etc.]


Need help?

If you need additional help with your research for this class, please don't hesitate to contact me.  We can set up a time to meet for an individual consultation, and work through all your research questions.



CATQuest is a search engine that provides information about, and access to a wide variety of materials from the UVM Libraries and beyond.  It is the default search box on the library's home page.

To search the Library Catalog using CATQuest:

1) Click on the Advanced Search link in the CATQuest search box on the library's home page; then select Library Catalog from the line that says Search on the top, which defaults to CATQuest.  To do this, click on the down arrow and select: Library Catalog

Search tips using Advanced Search:

  1. To search by topic:  
    • focus and narrow your search by combining concepts - one concept on each line - an AND is assumed between lines
    • an asterisk * at the end of a word part adds variant endings onto your root word and adds depth and flexibility to your search. ex: enviro* retrieves: environment, environments, environmental, environmentalist, environmentalism, etc.
    • search phrases in quotes, or by selecting "phrase" from the pull-down menu that defaults to "contains"
    • broaden your search by using OR (in caps) between synonyms or related terms (on a single search line)
    • use quotes around phrases that are separated with OR on a single search line  ex: "global warming" OR "climate change"

Location of Books in Bailey/Howe Library

Books that can be checked out of the library (Bailey/Howe Books)
Call Numbers:

A - F1699 (2nd floor )
F1700 - Z (3rd floor)

A call number prefaced by "QUARTO" (e.g., QUARTO ND 1356.5 .S49 2002) indicates an oversized book. Quartos are found on the left side of the 2nd and 3rd floor, depending upon the call number (QUARTO BS 145 .G7 -> 2nd floor ; QUARTO ND 5687 .E2 -> 3rd floor).

Reference Books
1st (main) floor of the library.  Note: Reference books are non-circulating, i.e., they may not be checked out.

Silver Special Collections in Billings Library (Note: NOT in Bailey/Howe) 
Vermont-related materials are housed here; books from this area may not be checked out.  This is an important collection to become familiar with for anyone doing Vermont-related research.  It houses the largest collection of Vermont-related materials in the world.


Check Out a Book

Go to the Circulation Desk, located next to the library's entrance. Your student ID serves as your library card. The loan period for undergraduates is 4 weeks. You may request a renewal if you still need the book after 4 weeks.