Library catalogs are a type of database. They contain records for the materials a library owns. Today, most link directly to the library's electronic resources. Thus you can access articles and electronic books through the catalog.
This section focuses on Auraria Library's catalog, which is called Skyline. You can apply most of what you learn to other libraries' catalogs. Topics include:
Most users search the Auraria Library's catalog through the Skyline advanced search.
Look at the tabs across the top of the page.
You can also use Skyline to see whether the Library subscribes to a particular magazine, journal, or newspaper. Enter Skyline and click the Journal Title tab. Enter the publication's title. You can see whether the Library subscribes and, if so, which years it owns.
Prospector is a system in which college, university, and public libraries across Colorado and Wyoming share books and other materials. It is free for Auraria Campus students, faculty, and staff. You can search Prospector right from the Auraria Library's home page.
People tend to use Prospector in three main situations:
Each item the library owns has a catalog record. This is a list of information about the item. When you first look at an item's record, you'll probably want to see if it's available--look here in the red circle. If the item is available, look through the record for some more information about the content. If the item looks appropriate for your research, write down the call number and go find it (or ask a librarian for help). You can also click the "Send via text Message" button to send yourself the info you'll need to find the book on the shelf.
Got an item in mind? Here's how to find its record. Search for the item in the catalog:
Click on the title of the item you're interested in. This will take you to the catalog record.
You can find records for pretty much everything the library owns. This includes:
To find these different material types, use the "Material Type" filter when searching the library's Skyline catalog, as seen below.
Auraria Library purchases thousands of ebooks, books available online. You can access them through the library catalog. Records for electronic books have a link to "connect to resource" in the record. If you are off campus, you will be asked to login using your school credentials.
After clicking on the title, you will get a screen with a small picture of the electronic book. Click "View this eBook" to open the book.
Once you're in the electronic book, you can navigate from chapter to chapter or page to page, just like a regular book. To move to a particular chapter, click on its title on the left side of the page. To move from one page to the next, click on the "Previous" or "Next" buttons at the top of the page.