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Search Tips

Whether you're using the catalog to look for a specific book in our collection, searching a database for additional medical research or interested in browsing our e-books, you may have a few questions. Here are some quick tips.

Searching the catalog for a specific book or journal? Check out Searching Our Catalog and be sure to explore the Additional Catalog Features.

Want to just browse our collection? View Browsing Our Resources for ideas.

If you have additional questions, please call us at 913-588-7166 or Ask a Question!

Searching Our Catalog: Getting Started

Our catalog is the best place to search for items in our print collection. We recommend you use our E-Book Finder and E-Journal Finder if you’re looking for online content.

  • Type the title of the print or electronic book or journal in the search box at You can also search by Author, Subject, or ISBN/ISSN using the Advanced Search option.
  • Click Find to view your results.
  • Use the filters on the right side of the page to limit your search if necessary. You can filter by Library, Collection, Format, Date, and more.
    • g., Under Library Location, if you click the Dykes Journal Stacks (Kansas City), a box at the top right corner will indicate the Dykes Journal Stacks (Kansas City)filter is applied and your results will now only show items from the Dykes Library.
    • To remove this filter, click the X on the right side of the filter box and you will again see your original results (without any filters).
  • Remember, if you can't find what you're looking for at our library, order it through Interlibrary Loan!

Searching for a Book or Journal in Print

  • Follow our Getting Started tutorial above.
  • After applying filters (if needed), find your book or journal title listed in your results. Note the location, the items availability and call number. Click on the title to open the record for additional holdings information.
  • Visit the User Services desk for help retrieving the item, or to check it out.
  • Also, check out Browsing Our Resources.

Searching for an Electronic Book or Electronic Journal

  • We recommend you use our E-Book Finder and E-Journal Finder if you’re looking for online content.
  • Follow our Getting Started tutorial above.
  • Apply the Online filter under Library Location.
  • Follow the link to connect to the electronic text. Note: For e-journals, be sure to note the holdings record. Our online access is only for the years specifically noted. Click on the title to open the record for additional holdings information.
  • No need to check out e-books or e-journals but please call the User Services desk at (913) 588-7166 or submit an E-Journal Problem Report if you have any trouble accessing these materials.
  • Also, check out our Browsing Tips.

Searching for an Article

  • Visit our Database How-To Guide.
  • Select a database.
  • Use the FindIt! Button to search our collection directly from the database.
  • Can't find what you are looking for in our collection? Request the item from InterLibrary Loan!

Additional Catalog Features

  • Access additional search options by clicking Advanced Search to the right of the catalog search box.
  • View your catalog Search History by clicking the  pinned items icon and then selecting Search History under the My Favorites heading.
  • Select several records in the results list and click the Menu to Email or Export multiple items. You can also email or export individual book or journal records by using the Send to options in the individual item records.
  • Get help with citing sources by clicking the Citation link in the individual item record.
  • Export an individual item record to EndNote, Zotero, or Excel by clicking the respective link in the individual item record.
  • Bookmark and Share records on Facebook, Twitter and more by clicking Permalink option in the individual item record.

Browsing Our Resources

Interested in browsing our resources but not sure how? Here are some ideas to get you started.

Library Hours and Contact Info

Library Building
Monday – Friday 7:30am – 11pm
Saturday – Sunday 6pm – 11pm

Reference Services
Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm

A.R. Dykes Library
Mailstop 1050
2100 W 39th Ave
Kansas City KS 66103