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Online Library Resources Help Guide: Using the Online Catalog

Use this guide to help you access online journal articles, eBooks, and other electronic library resources that are to current Brescia University students, faculty, and staff.

The Fr. Leonard Alvey Library Online Catalog searches for items available directly from our library as well as libraries worldwide. With so many possible results, a basic search can be overwhelming. Our catalog has the ability to apply various filters to your search to help narrow the results to better maximize your search time. Use the tips on this page to help improve your search strategies.

Search our library catalog for articles, books, videos, and more at Brescia and worldwide.

Visit our Database & Library Tutorials page for additional help on using the online catalog

Your Library Account

Our online catalog also allows you to access your library account when signed in. The My Account feature (located in the online catalog) allows you to check the status of your checked out items, any fees associated with your account, and gives you the ability to save your searches. To sign in to the My Account feature, you must use your 6-digit Brescia ID number as your username. The password is one that you create. Contact the library if you need help accessing this feature.

Using the Online Catalog

The catalog itself has many built-in filters. These are all found on the left side of a result page in the catalog or on the advanced search page. 

Suggested filters to use

  • Select Fr. Leonard Alvey Library instead of Libraries Worldwide
  • Select the format that best fits your need (article, print book for an item in the library, ebook, etc.)
  • If searching for an article select content type as full text and peer-reviewed
  • Set your publication date range if your assignment requires it

You may also choose to select certain databases to search but keep in mind that not all of our databases are available through the catalog. If you are having trouble finding an appropriate journal article in the catalog, please try the A-Z Database List

Additional Search Tips

Place in front of your search term Searches for

Title only

au: Author only
su: Subject only
Boolean Operator (must be in all caps) Result
AND Combines two or more search terms (ti: Harry Potter AND au: Rowling, J.K. = only the Harry Potter series)
OR Searches two or more terms independently (ti: Harry Potter OR au: Rowling, J.K. = every title containing Harry Potter plus everything written by J.K. Rowling)
NOT Will eliminate a term from your search (au: Rowling, J.K. NOT ti: Harry Potter = everything written by J.K. Rowling that does not contain Harry Potter in the title)