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WVNCC Library Catalog

WVNCC Library Catalog
Web based listing of items owned by the Library/Learning Resource Centers of WVNCC
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Welcome to the West Virginia Northern Community College (WVNCC) Library Catalog of books, magazines, and audiovisual items. This catalog contains all of the materials found in all three of our campus libraries; New Martinsville, Weirton, and Wheeling.

To access the WVNCC Library Catalog you must first go to the Library Web Page. From the College Web Page http://www.wvncc.edu Look at Quick Links – choose Library. Another way would be to use one of the college portals (Student, Faculty and Staff, or Adjunct Faculty) and choose the Library Link. This will take you to the Library Portal Page. On this page is a shortcut of links directly to our online databases and the WVNCC Library Catalog.

Please contact the library if you have any problems in accessing the library resources.
 Library Web PageLibrary Web Page






Then Click on the Books Link 

The first link on the BOOKS page will take you to the WVNCC Library Catalog.


Other links on the page all deal with searching for books. This includes Credo Reference, which takes you to our online collection of reference books, and WorldCat – database of books in libraries from all over the world.



Or use the Student Portal Page:



Library Portal Page

Click on WVNCC Library Catalog



How to search the WVNCC Catalog find what resources we have in the libraries at WVNCC
 Basic Search Screen

WVNCC Library Catalog

This is the main search screen. You can type in your search terms and then choose the type of search from the drop down menu (Keyword, Title, Author, Subject Heading, Journal Title, and Call Number) or you can also switch to one of the different search tabs across from the Basic Search tab (Advanced, Subject, Author, or Course Reserve).

You then could select from the main list of Limit To: (2006 and after, English language materials, or Videos) before performing your search. You can also select the number of Records per page to be viewed (10, 20, 25, or 50)

 Types of Basic Searches from the “Drop Down” List
Omit initial articles (a, an, the, la, los, etc.)
Example: sun also rises

Searching for an author from this area uses a keyword search. So type in the author’s last name – but the better way to search for an author and his works is to choose the Author search tab in the tab area next to the Basic search tab.
Example: Hemingway

For organizations as authors, enter the name of the organization as you know it.
Example: American Red Cross

     *Subject Heading
The more complete subject search should be done by choosing the Subject tab in the tab area next to the Basic search tab. Subject searching uses Library of Congress Subject Headings or Medical Subject Headings
Example: capital punishment

     *Call Number
Include punctuation
Example: z711.2.y681999

     *Journal Title
This search is used to find magazine titles that the library owns in print.
Example: Business Week

*A keyword search will find a term or phrase anywhere in a record and may locate items not found by author, title, or subject searches.
*Use keyword searching when you are unsure of exact subject headings or when you want to combine two or more concepts in your search.
*Capitalization and punctuation are not necessary.
*Use quotation marks to indicate phrases.
Example: “world wide web”.
*Use + to mark essential terms
Example: +explorer
*Keyword truncation - Use ? To search for a word stem with different endings
Example: comput? (Retrieves computer, computers, computing, etc.)
librar? (Retrieves library, librarian, libraries, etc.)


On tabs next to the Basic search you will find options for other types of searches. These include: Advanced, Subject, Author, and Course Reserve

     Advanced Search

This search locates keywords anywhere in a record, or only in specific fields

*Use Boolean Operators to combine search terms.
AND - both words must occur in the record
Example: Hemingway and Spain
OR- at least one word occurs anywhere in the record.
Example: rivers or streams or creeks
NOT - the search term following the word not will not occur in the record
Example: network not television

How to do an Advanced Search

* Type the search term(s) in the Search field.
*Select from the drop down list any of these, all of these, or as a phrase to identify how multiple words entered in the search are to be combined.
* Narrow your search by choosing options and fields from the drop down list after within - Keyword Anywhere, Title, Subject, ISBN, Author name, ISSN, Personal name, Publisher name, Series, and Publisher date
*Select which Boolean operator you want applied to the next search term(s): AND, OR, or NOT.
*Click on any of the following limits to your search: year, location, place, type, status, format, and language.
Click the Search button to begin your search.

     Subject Search

Using the appropriate subject heading in a search will generally retrieve the most precise results. The subject headings are determined by The Library of Congress Subject Headings.
When searching for information about a person, using a subject search is the best choice. Just type their name in the search box.
Example: John F. Kennedy
You can also search for a topic:
Example: Capital Punishment
Global Warming
Korean War

     Course Reserve

A Course Reserve search allows you to search for items on reserve for various classes, by WVNCC campus, and by instructor. Most of these items are held at your campus circulation desk.
*Select one item from one (or more) of the drop-down lists: Instructor, Department (WVNCC Campus), Course, or Section.


Setting limits to a search enables you to narrow your searches by restricting them to certain years, languages, item type, mediums, publication status, or place of publication.
Check in each type of search for the limits that are available to you. The number of Records per Page that will be displayed can be chosen in every type of search.


Following are descriptions of the functions of the navigational buttons found in the WVNCC Library Catalog:
WVNCC Library- Takes you back to the LRC web page.
Help - help given for area you are in.
Search History -A list of the searches you have completed includes the type of search, number of hits and terms used in each search.
Search - starts a new search.
Reset – This will clear the search screen
Heading - list of headings found as a result of a search.
Titles - The display of the titles of each of the items found from a search.
Next> - shows the record that follows the one you are looking at.

Example of a record in the catalog for a book:

Book Record Example

Left side of the Item Displayed Page

Lists all information about the book itself including: Title, Author, Publisher, ISBN:, Description, Format, and Subjects.
Subjects are important because this is a list of the subject headings for this item
Clicking on that link could take you to other books on the same topic
Holdings Information
This will tell you what campus or campuses the book is on and the Call Number of the book to find it on the shelf.
Status will tell you if the book is checked out and when it is due back.
Any book available not on your campus can be sent to your campus through the campus mail system. Ask the library staff for more information.

Right Side of Item Displayed Page
This Item:
Record View - standard brief information describing an item
Staff View - shows the MARC record of an item.
(The technical record the librarians use to add an item to the online catalog)

Make a Request – This function does not work at this time
Print – Click here to have the record print out.
Print Titles: you will need to choose a Brief or Full record – Then Click to Print
Export – These options will not function at this time
Add to my List – this will add the item to your account, your list.

More about this item from:
Google Books – This area gives you the option to look at that item in Google books if available. There can be a great deal more information about that particular item available from Google Books and it would be a good idea to take a look especially if it states: Full Text, or Limited Preview.
The book may not be available and if so there will be no link or it could say:
About this Book – where some more information will be available
Limited Preview – has some of the item available in full text to look at and search
Full Text Available – the entire book is available to read and search online.
You must let cookies be placed in your computer and pop ups must be allowed for this to work.

                              MY ACCOUNT – MY LIST – MY SEARCHES
The My Account page allows you to review your library transactions, save searches, and make lists.
Log in to your Account or Logged In – will be displayed in the upper right of the screen to inform you if you are logged in or nor.
My Account – This logs you in to your own personal account.
To Log in you must use your library Barcode from your library card. Your social security number and your Institution ID are listed but DO NOT WORK.
Once logged into your account you can see the materials that are checked out to you and renew these items. You can use Edit Preferences and set personal preferences for using the library catalog
My List – Once logged in, any item you search can be saved to a list to view later.
My Searches – will save search statements that you type in to view later when needed.


If you have any questions please contact the Library Staff:
New Martinsville – 304 510-8766
Weirton – 304 723-7516
Wheeling – 304 214 - 8954

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