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Mat-Su College: Writing

A guide for students taking Writing, particularly Writing 111, at Mat-Su College.

What is the library catalog?

The library catalog is an online list of all the books, movies, CDs, video games, and other physical items our library owns. It can also show what other local libraries have.

Using the library catalog to find physical items

Start by going to the Mat-Su College Library webpage. Do this by clicking the "Library" link at the top of any Mat-Su College page:

Screenshot of Mat-Su College webpage with Library link on top highlighted

Next, enter your search terms in the "Just Mat-Su" search box:

Screenshot of library page with the Just Us option selected and the term Political Anthropology entered in the search box

Press enter. In the search results page you will see matching items at the Mat-Su College library:

Catalog search results showing two books held at the Mat-Su College library

To find an item in the library, use its call number (listed underneath the Call # heading). If you're not sure how to use a call number, just ask a librarian for help.

Finding items at other libraries

In the library catalog, you can switch from searching only the Mat-Su College library to searching most Alaska libraries. Do this by using the drop-down menu next to the search bar. Select "All Collections":

Screenshot of library catalog with search location drop-down menu open‚Äč

Now try your search again using your original (or new) search terms. You now see items from other libraries. Click "Place Hold" next to an item to have these sent to Mat-Su College for free.

Screenshot showing Hold button in catalog interface

You will be asked for a card number and PIN. Your card number is student ID number, while your PIN is likely to be the last four digits of your student ID number. After logging in, you will have the choice of selecting which library to have the item delivered to. Make sure to choose Mat-Su College or whatever library you prefer:

Screenshot showing "Pickup library" menu in place hold dialog

Once the item gets here, we'll call to let you know you can pick it up.

Finding eBooks

Many new books are only available as ebooks. You can access tens of thousands of ebooks by using the UAA's eBooks page. It has a search box to search all ebook sources at once, as well as links to individual eBook sources that you can browse through.