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A Library Catalogue...

  • is an index to the contents of a library or group of libraries
  • allows you to locate material by author, title, subject, etc.
  • can include: books; journal, magazine & newspaper titles (not articles); government publications; archives; e-resources; other materials
  • gives details (e.g., publisher, date of publication, etc.) required for bibliographies and endnotes
  • may give the location, call number and status (e.g., checked out) of an item
  • that is available online may be called an OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue)
  • that combines the contents of several library catalogues may be called a union catalogue
  • can typically be searched by anyone, anywhere in the world, with no restrictions

McMaster University

Catalogue Description / Home Page Links
Library Catalogue (Encore) or select Catalogue tab from McMaster's Library Catalogue includes holdings for Mills, Innis, Thode, Health Sciences libraries and affiliates
Search Research Collections (AtoM) Indexes archival and manuscript materials in the William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections @ Mills Memorial Library (Lower Level)
BRACERS Bertrand Russell Archives Catalogue Entry & Retrieval System
Bertrand Russell Archives and William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections @ Mills Memorial Library (Lower Level)
Lyons Resources via McMaster's Library Catalogue Lyons New Media Centre @ Mills Memorial Library (4th floor)
Popular Reading Collection via McMaster's Library Catalogue Learning Commons, Mills Memorial Library (2nd floor)
Digital Archive @ McMaster University Library Provides access to McMaster's digitized special library collections, primarily from maps, research collections, and the general book collection.
MacSphere (McMaster's Institutional Repository) Online works (e.g., theses, dissertations, working papers, etc.) created by authors affiliated with McMaster.
HHS (Hamilton Health Sciences) and FHS (Faculty of Health Sciences) Collections Archives & Records Management of Hamilton Health Sciences & McMaster University's Faculty of Health Sciences  @ Health Sciences Library (Lower Level)
Library @ IAHS Catalogue Mohawk-McMaster Institute for Applied Health Sciences. Select IAHS from the drop-down locations list.
Canadian Baptist Archives via McMaster's Library Catalogue Canadian Baptist Archives in McMaster's Divinity College
MacPherson Institute Resources via McMaster's Library Catalogue Paul R. MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Excellence in Teaching @ Mills Memorial Library (5th floor). 
formerly MIIETL (McMaster Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning) & CLL (Centre for Leadership in Learning)
McMaster Museum of Art via McMaster's Library Catalogue McMaster Museum of Art is located in the Alvin A. Lee Building (attached to Mills Memorial Library)
OPIRG Resource Centre items via McMaster's Library Catalogue or via OPIRG's Library Catalogue Ontario Public Interest Research Group at McMaster @ McMaster University Student Centre (MUSC), Room 229
SHEC Resources via McMaster's Library Catalogue Student Health Education Centre @ McMaster University Student Centre (MUSC), Room 202

Hamilton Libraries

Hamilton Public Library Catalogue
Mohawk College Library Catalogue
Redeemer University College Library Catalogue

Southern Ontario Libraries

Catalogue / Description 
Brock University Library Catalogue
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
Guelph, Laurier, Waterloo (TUG TriUniversity Group of Libraries) -  TRELLIS Library Catalogue |  Primo (includes holdings for all three libraries) 
Media Catalog (Watmedia) - Search audiovisual materials in selected Ontario universities.
RACER (Rapid Access to Collections by Electronic Requesting) - Search Ontario university library catalogues simultaneously.
Ryerson University Library Catalogue
University of Toronto Libraries Catalogue
University of Western Ontario Libraries Catalogue
University of Windsor Library Catalogue
York University Library Catalogue

Other Canadian Library Catalogues



AMICUS Canadian national catalogue with holdings of 1,300 Canadian libraries, including Library & Archives Canada
Canada Provides links to Canadian library catalogues and home pages by province.
NRC-CISTI National Research Council and Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information
Ontario Provides links to Ontario library catalogues and home pages.

International Library Catalogues

Catalogue Description
British Library Great Britain
CRL Catalog (Center for Research Libraries) A consortium of North American universities, colleges and independent research libraries 
HAMNET (Folger Shakespeare Library) Folger's web-based catalogue HAMNET contains bibliographic records for materials from the Folger collection, including many 18th century, STC and Wing books.
lib-web-cats Library web sites and catalogs is a directory of libraries worldwide. Search by name, type and geography.
Library of Congress Online Catalog United States
List of National and State Libraries Worldwide
National Library of Medicine (NLM) United States
UB Libraries Catalog - BISON University at Buffalo (State University of New York) - United States
UNBISnet United Nations Bibliographic Information System - Dag Hammerskjold Library
UNESCO Libraries Portal Worldwide listing of libraries by type (e.g., academic, government, etc.) and by geography.
United States Provides links to U.S. library catalogues and home pages by state.
World Provides links to international library catalogues and home pages by country.

Union Catalogues

Catalogue Description
AMICUS (Canada) National union catalogue of Canada. English and French interfaces. (Denmark) Contains holdings of Danish public and research libraries and records for all Danish publications. English and Danish interfaces.
Catalogue Collectif de France (France) Includes holdings from the BnF catalogue, SUDOC (academic & research libraries), Base Patrimoine (heritage collections), Base Manuscrits (manuscripts), municipal libraries and Rachel (Judaica and Hebraica libraries in Europe). French interface. 
CiNii Books | CiNii Articles (Japan) CiNii Books includes holdings from Japanese university libraries. CiNii Articles includes academic articles published by academic societies or universities. English and Japanese interfaces. 
COPAC (United Kingdom) Includes holdings from academic, special, and national collections in the United Kingdom. 
The European Library Gateway to Europe's national libraries and leading European research libraries.
GBV Union Catalogue (Germany) Includes the collections of Common Library Network (GBV) participants which include the libraries of 7 federal states and the Foundation of Prussian Cultural Heritage. English and German interfaces. 
Media Catalog (Canada - Ontario) Search audiovisual materials in selected Ontario universities
Ontario Colleges Library Catalogue (Canada - Ontario) Library holdings for publicly-funded community colleges in Ontario.
RACER (Canada - Ontario) (Rapid Access to Collections by Electronic Requesting) - Search Ontario university library catalogues and more.
Trove (Australia)  Includes holdings from state, territory, public and university libraries, research repositories, cultural institutions, and industry organizations in Australia.
WorldCat - McMaster Users Only
McMaster WorldCat  
International union catalogue of research libraries, owned and operated by OCLC (Online Computer Library Center). Contains 1.3 billion items in more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. NOTE: McMaster WorldCat highlights McMaster library holdings in the search results.
World Digital Library Includes books, photographs, maps, recordings and other online materials from over 120 institutions around the world.

Last Reviewed: August 16, 2017