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BIOL 601 Research Guide: OneSearch/Library Catalog

Search the Library Catalog!

This simple keyword search box takes you directly into the local Ort Library catalog.

Catalog Keyword Search

Search Google Books!

Google Books is a great way to locate relevant books and preview them. However, Google Books only offers you the entire text of a book by publisher's permission or if the copyright has expired.

Google Book Search

Explore Library & Scholarly Resources with OneSearch

Search for library books, articles from library databases, and more ... simultaneously from one box!

OneSearch: Articles, Books & More

About the Library Catalog ...

catalogUSMAI lists books, government documents, periodical holdings (journals, magazines, newspapers), videos, audio materials, and other non-print items owned by FSU and the other University System of Maryland (USM) campuses and Affiliated Institutions.

To access the online catalog point your browser to the Library home page: or the catalog's specific URL:

At the Basic Search screen, use the pull-down menu to select the type of search you wish to conduct (word, author, title, etc.):
To find books about a subject, person, place, or event:

  • Word/s anywhere – Retrieves words, places and dates from the title, subject headings and other parts of the catalog record.  This type of search allows for the most flexible method of locating materials on a topic.

  • Subject beginning withThis type of search uses Library of Congress Subject headings and is very useful for narrowing broad topic areas, or browsing by subjects such as Urban Forestry

  • Subject word(s) - Type in a subject keyword to retrieve a list of books

At the Advanced Search Screen, you have multiple boxes with pull down menus for power searching. You can also limit your search to a specific format (book, dissertation, film/video, etc.) or a specific collection.

You can determine the Availability of materials by clicking on the Holdings link. The following window appears:

Catalog Availability Screen


Borrowing Books from other USM Libraries using Request an Item in Catalog USMAI

If you are a registered Library borrower, you may request that circulating materials from other USMAI Libraries be sent to the FSU Library for you to check out. To place a request for a book, follow these steps:

  1. Click on Choose Campus at the top of the screen.
  2. At the upper left, select the Catalog link under USMAI (all campuses).
  3. Conduct your search and click on the title of a desired book.
  4. Click on the Availability link next to all locations.
  5. Click on the Find It button or Request link on the next screen and follow the instructions.
  6. You will need to log in using the barcode number on your FSU ID card.

To borrow materials not available in the USMAI System, use the Interlibrary Loan service at: ILLiad at You will need to log in using your barcode number as username, and your last name (with first letter capitalized) as password.


APA Citation Style Links

Resources to help you use the American Psychological Association (APA) citation and format style: