A bibliographic record is an entry that describes the specific content of an item in IUCAT Beta. This record, often simply referred to as the “bib record”, contains information for an item required for its identification and retrieval.
The image below illustrates what information can be found in a bibliographic record in IUCAT Beta.
1. In IUCAT, there are several functions within the bibliographic record. Using these menu items, you can view and export citations (MLA, APA, Chicago Style) to RefWorks and EndNote; you can email the individual record; you can view the MARC record using Librarian view; or you can view the record in IUCAT Classic.
2. The description section contains information particular to the item, such as author, title, format, subject headings. In IUCAT Beta, the author name, subject headings, series title (not shown in this example), and contributors (not shown in this example) are active links. When clicked, the link acts as a search term and produces search results. This can be a useful way to browse.
Note: When using linked subject headings to search, click the end term for a specific search that requires all terms in the subject heading. See the example below:
3. The holdings section of the bibliographic record contains information on where items can be retrieved. In this example, the item has holdings at three libraries in the IU Libraries system. The listing provides the library, call number, and location within a particular library. You may also text a call number to your mobile phone, for ease in locating the item.
Note: For online resources, the access URL is found in the item information section. See the example below:
4. The Request Delivery function is a tool found in the upper right corner of the bibliographic record. This function allows you to request a physical item to be delivered to the library of your choice. An IU-issued CAS login and username are required to use this function.
Note: Request Delivery does not apply to online resources. Licenses for online library resources are specific to a particular campus. Materials that are checked out, held in libraries that do not participate in the delivery service (e.g., Bloomington Residence Halls, Kinsey Institute, etc.), and special materials, including most videos and materials in the Core Collection in the Wells Library, may not be requested through this service.
5. Many records in IUCAT Beta provide a Google preview. The cover images that display in IUCAT Beta are retrieved from Google using the Google Books Dynamic Links API. If you do not see a Google preview for a particular record, this is because the preview is not available through Google Books. Some records may also include a HathiTrust preview.
6. A new feature in IUCAT Beta is the Browse By Call Number function. This function allows you to browse the virtual library shelf. Stay tuned to the IUCAT Beta blog for upcoming details on the Browse By Call number function.
Note: In IUCAT Beta, bibliographic records for serials differ slightly from this standard. Watch the IUCAT Beta blog for more information on how to use serials bibliographic records.
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