A library catalog is an excellent tool to help you start your research. Hatch Library's catalog allows you to search for reference, electronic, and circulating books, dvds, and scholarly journal articles.
Need help searching for items?
Basic Searching - When the catalog page opens, simply type your search word or phrase into the search box and hit the Enter key on your keyboard. You can refine your search by clicking on the Advanced Search link. This allows you to narrow your search results by AUTHOR, TITLE, SUBJECT, SERIES, and PERIODICAL TITLE and helps you to find the results you want quickly.
Too Many Results? - A screen full of results can be confusing. Try to narrow your search by using an additional term. To do this in our catalog, you use the word 'AND' between the two terms. So if you are looking for a book about women in colonial America, you could type 'women AND colonial America' into the search box. This will give you results where both terms must appear in the records. More information on Boolean searching.
Too Few Results? - One of the biggest reasons for no results is incorrect spelling. Try to spell your search term another way and search again. Another reason for limited results can be that the search term you are using is too specific. Try a broader term to see if we have any materials for you. For example, if you are searching using the word 'piranha' and don't get any results, try searching for 'fish'. You can also try using the word 'OR' to add search terms; e.g. 'fish OR predators OR rivers'. This will give you results where one or more of the words appear.
Need more help? - Contact a librarian! We are available to help with any questions you may have about information and how to find it. Call (413) 565-1376 when the library is open or fill out this form anytime.