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Library Catalog: Introduction

A guide for the library catalog designed and created by Clark Librarians

Purpose of Clark College Libraries Catalog

Clark College Libraries Catalog is a powerful search tool that will help you:

  • find variety of sources (articles, books, e-books...) efficiently with one global search
  • store and organize your research materials quickly with Favorites and email options
  • format citations automatically

                                                       ... and complete your research assignments on time


Note:  Clark College Libraries Catalog was formerly known as Discover Library Catalog and the brand name for this discovery interface is Primo.

Library Catalog Search Scopes within Global Search

Search scopes in Discover Library Catalog global searchWhen you use the Clark College Libraries Catalog, you can choose between three major scopes or areas of searching:
1.Clark Libraries, 2. Clark + Summit, or 3. Clark + Summit + articles.
Clark + Summit + articles, or the global search, is a comprehensive search option in Clark Libraries Catalog that searches everything,
including books at partner (Summit) libraries, articles from Clark library databases and other online journal sources, but does not include all results from databases at Clark College Libraries.
For more in-depth research, search directly in specific library databases, especially for subject-specific topics (for example, Access Medicine for medical research or Oxford Encyclopedia of Art and Artstor for art history, etc.).

Library Catalog Search Scopes Explanation

In Clark Libraries Catalog search scopes, 

articles = articles + other resources…  
from library databases, open access journals & online collections... 

Summit (Summit Libraries Network) = books, DVDs...@ other academic libraries in the Pacific Northwest, delivered to you 

Clark = books, ebooks, journals, CDs, DVDs, streaming videos, equipment, course reserves...@your library

Library Account #1 SEARCH TIP

Sign into your Library Account 

  • to save your resources to your favorites lists
  • to save your search queries
  • to request Summit or interlibrary loans
  • more…

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