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What is SAILS?

SAILS is the online catalog for the Farley Learning Resources Center. It helps you learn about materials the library owns, and provides you with call numbers for where the materials are shelved.

SAILS provides circulation information (whether the item is checked out and, if so, when it is due), allows you to recall and renew items online, and contains information on materials placed on reserve for your classes. SAILS records also link to electronic resources such as journals and full-text books if the library has a subscription.

Materials Found in SAILS

Here are some of the kinds of materials you can find using SAILS:

  • Books (including electronic books)
  • Library holdings for journals, magazines and newspapers (periodicals)
  • Audio and video recordings (including CDs & DVDs)
  • Music scores
  • Government publications, microforms
  • Maps, atlases and archives

Note: You won't find individual periodical articles in SAILS. Where are they? Check out the Find Articles tutorial to learn more about how to find them.

Keyword Searching in SAILS

There are many ways to search SAILS. You can search by:

  • The title of a book, periodical, or other item
  • The author
  • The author and title (or title words)
  • Any keywords that appear in the title or subject
  • The subject category of an item
  • The call number of an item

When looking for items on a topic or subject, start with a keyword search instead of a subject search. Keyword searching is a bit more flexible in the way it searches and may retrieve a wider variety of results as you begin your research.

Remember to combine multiple terms with the words "and," "or" and "not."

Watch the movie (3:21 min) about keyword searching in SAILS on the next page.

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