Sadie is the name of EMU's online catalog. The information that used to be in the card catalog (that wooden cabinet with drawers full of cards) has been put into an electronic database. Sadie is accessible from computers…

....anywhere in the world…as long as you have Internet access.

In Sadie, you will find all the materials owned by our library, including...

...books,
...videos,
...journals, magazines & newspapers (but not the individual articles),
...curriculum resources,
...maps

To get to Sadie if you are not in the library, start at EMU's home page (www.emu.edu). You can either click on the "Hot links" or choose the library from the selections under "for students, faculty & staff".

 

The library home page is your starting point for all your library research. If you are using a computer in the library, you will automatically see the library home page when you start.

 

From this page, you can link to lots of information about the library (library hours, what services the library provides, etc.). The two links you will be using in this tutorial are Library Catalog & Reseach Articles


Terms to know

Librarians often talk about catalogs and indexes. It's helpful to understand the difference between them.

 

Index

You are probably familiar with an index - that alphabetical list of topics in the back of a book. An index tells you which pages of the book discuss the topic you're interested in.

In libraries, you will also find another common kind of index: the periodical index. Periodical indexes help you find articles in periodicals (another word for journals and magazines). The publisher decides which periodicals they are going to include. So, if they are publishing an index about education, they include articles from periodicals about teaching and other aspects of education. They list articles that they decide are important for people to know about. But the publisher doesn't know which periodicals each library subscribes to. So, sometimes you may use a periodical index and find a reference to a really good article on your topic, but the library doesn't subscribe to that periodical. That's when you need to consider Interlibrary Loans (more about that later).

Another thing to remember about indexes is that they only provide you with the reference (or citation) to an article; the index doesn't actually have the article right there on the page for you to read. You have to go to the shelf to find the article. (This is changing now with electronic databases; some indexes are now letting you click on the citation to read the article right there at the computer. This is called "full-text.") Some indexes are published in book format, others are published electronically, and some are available both ways.

 

Catalog

A catalog, on the other hand, lets you know what books and other resources a particular library actually has. In our library, our catalog is an electronic database, and it is available online via the Internet. We call our online catalog Sadie (named for Sadie A. Hartzler, the first librarian at EMU). In Sadie, you can find all the books, videos, kits, documents, and other kinds of resources that are owned by our library. What you won't find in Sadie is books that we don't own, even if they might be useful for the research you're doing. (Later you will learn how to find those other books.)


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