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BUILD IT Express: Locating Books

A short version of the BUILD IT tutorial, with just the essential information.


Bellevue University Library has over 117,000 print books as well as over 80,000 electronic books. That is a lot of information and it is continuously growing as new titles are added. So, how do you sort through it all to find what you are looking for? The answer is eCatalog.

For more information on how to use eCatalog to find books, illustrated with sample and interactive searches, visit the pages in BUILD IT starting with Locating Books.


eCatalog is our online catalog.  It is the electronic version of the venerable old card catalog without all those drawers and cards, and with many more features.

  • It can be accessed from the library homepage on any computer or device
  • It is a public access catalog, so off-campus users may search it without a login, though not all features will be available.
  • It contains records for books, eBooks, audio books, videos, and LibGuides, 

graphic used with permission from Wilmington Public Library, Wilmington, Ohio


Not all books are kept on the shelves.  In fact, we have over 66,000 eBooks and are adding to them continuously. Like print books, some of these can only be read by one person at a time, but many can be used by multiple,students at once. Thousands of them can be found in eCatalog, but not all.. Here is how to find an eBook:

  • In eCatalog, choose "eBook" from the menu in the first box before searching, or use the limiters in the left column to do so after you get your results. Click on the link to access an eBook directly through eCatalog.
  • To find even more eBooks, use the Discovery Search on the library homepage.  When the results come up, mark the Full Text Online and Book/eBook limiters on the left. All eBooks can be found by doing a Discovery Search. 
    • You can also go directly to one of our eBook databases, such as ebrary, eBooks on EBSCOhost, PsycBOOKS, Gale Virtual Reference Library, and others. They are listed alphabetical on the A-Z Database List.


The Basic Search, shown above, is a good place to start.

  • Format. You can choose to search for Books, eBooks, Audio Books, DVDs, or eBooks on Kindle using the menu in the first box, or leave it set on Everything, to search all formats.
  • Field.  Search All Fields, or search for an item by Title, Author, Subject, or even the ISBN.
  • Search Terms. Searching for a particular subject is the most common search; enter keywords related to your topic. If you are looking for a particular book or author, enter this into the search box

Search Results

When your results come up, there are numerous ways to limit your search to just the items you need. Look in the left column for various options, depending on how your original search was set up. For example, if you did not select a format, you can do that now.  

Book Details. .When you choose a book from your results list, the Book Details will tell you its location, availability, and much more.

This book was found by doing a subject search for "business etiquette."


Don't worry, the library subscribes to many electronic journal databases. You are sure to find what you need there.

So how exactly do you do that, see the next page, LOCATING ARTICLES.