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How Do I: find things in the library catalog?

How to get started using the Evergreen State College Library.


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Library Catalog


Use the library facets to narrow down your search

Use the facets on the left hand side to narrow your search by print or online, dvd or article, and more. 


narrow your search results using the facets

Is it available at Evergreen?

Green dot means it is available immediately.

green dot - available

Yellow dot means request item via Summit.

yellow dot - request via summit

Grey dot means request via Interlibrary Loan. 

grey dot - request via interlibrary loan


Basic Search Tips

Basic Search Help:

The basic search is a keyword search. 

  • NOTE: The search assumes you want results with all your keyword terms unless OR or NOT are specified between words and phrases.

To search for a phrase, use quotation marks.

  • ex: "global warming"

To search for items with at least one or more words or phrases, use OR or NOT.

  • celtic NOT irish

Use wildcards (? or *) to find all possible results with variations of your search word.

  • Use ? to perform a single character wildcard search. ex: wom?n - will find results including women, woman, and so forth. 
  • Use * to perform a multiple character wildcard search. ex: cult* - will find culture, cultural, culturally, and so forth.

For more searching help, visit Primo Online Help.

How to read a call number

How to read a LC call number and find a book on the shelf      

Read a call number by sections, line by line.  For example:

Format in catalog:       Format on book spine:
PE 1478 S65 1991         PE
PE  Read the first line in alphabetical order:  A, B, ... DE, ... P, PA, PE, PF, PG, ... SA
1478 Read the second line as a whole number:  1, 2, 3, 62, 65, 67, 613, 659... 1477, 1478, 1479
S65 Read the letters in the third line alphabetically and the numbers that follow it as decimals (for instance .65 comes before .8) ex: S1478S613, S62, S65, S659, S67, S8
1991 This is the year the book was published.


Floor Map - Call Number Locations

library 3rd floor map

Daniel J. Evans Library - MS: LIB2300 - 2700 Evergreen Parkway, NE. Olympia, WA 98501 - 360-867-6250