At UCLA there are three different library catalogs to search for books.
The UCLA Library Catalog lists everything owned or licensed by the UCLA Library and other campus collections. That includes books, journals, magazines, DVDs and videos, microfilm, and online databases. As our in-house system it also contains up-to-the-minute status information on what's checked out and allows you to do things like renew your books, recall books checked out to other people or request items stored in the Southern Regional Library Facility (SRLF).
- The Catalog lists journals owned by UCLA, but not the individual articles inside them. For those, you need to look in an article database.
- Once you have found a book you want to get, note the location, call number and status (whether the book is checked out):
- You can always ask for help!
A suggested search for books is marriage customs and rites [place] or [ethnic group -- marriage customs and rites]. Once you see a subject that looks relevant, select it and then look at the book titles under that subject. Click on the author to see the complete citation. If you see other subjects that look interesting, click on them to expand your search.
WorldCat has catalog records from libraries worldwide. Not every library everywhere, but from any libraries that have given their records to OCLC. However, it lacks local information like where in the library something is. You can request materials from anywhere in the world using the Interlibrary Loan service—you don't even have to specify where it's coming from—but it may take weeks or months to get here, and extremely rare materials may not be available for loan.
- Resources that are fully cataloged in the UC campus (main) catalogs, including books, journals, media, government publications, maps, electronic databases, and more.
- Resources in libraries around the world, listed from a service called WorldCat.org, including many California research libraries: California State Library, Hastings College of the Law, the California Academy of Sciences, the California Historical Society, the Center for Research Libraries, the Graduate Theological Union, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and some campus affiliated libraries.
- A search in the Melvyl Catalog also includes a number of journal article databases with links to articles available in full-text or print from the UC Libraries. To limit your search to books only, on the Advanced Search screen, click the Add/Remove databases>> button and CLEAR ALL; then check the box next to WorldCat and Save Selections.