On Dec. 23, 2013, EWU Libraries will launch a new catalog for finding books, videos, articles and more. The new catalog will be located at http://research.ewu.edu/newcatalog.
The new catalog is an initiative of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, or Summit, a consortium of 37 academic libraries in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. The new search tool is a step toward one shared catalog, rather than 37 separate ones. By sharing one catalog, Summit will make resource-sharing easier and will improve access to information for all students, faculty and staff. The new catalog will replace the EWU-only catalog.
Because this multi-institution migration is a major undertaking, the Summit libraries are moving in four different cohorts (EWU is in Cohort 2). All Summit libraries, including EWU, will continue to have access to the Summit WorldCat Catalog until Dec. 2014, when the last Alliance library migrates to the new system. But remember: At EWU Libraries, the new system goes live on Dec. 23, 2013!
Linfield College, Marylhurst University, Pacific University, University of Washington, Western Washington University and Willamette University are part of the first Cohort and are now using the new system. See http://www.library.wwu.edu/ for WWU’s new catalog.
Contents of the new catalog
- All of EWU’s physical holdings, including books, videos, CDs, government documents and more.
- All the physical holdings of all the Summit Libraries—more than 9 million titles!
- Citations for millions of articles.
If EWU has access to the full text of the article, you can click on the link and go directly to the article. If EWU does not have access to the full text, you can request it via Interlibrary Loan, and receive it in 1-14 days.
Searching the new catalog
You can keyword search or browse.
- If you are looking for a specific book and you know the title and/or author, it is best to type in the title “in quotes” and the last name of the author.
- If you are looking for information on a topic, type in your keywords or exact phrases.
Because the new catalog is looking through millions of records, use the limiters on the left side to narrow your results by resource type, date or subject area that best fits your needs.
For more information, see http://research.ewu.edu/newcatalog.