TOPCAT is a database of items in our Library.
Every library has a database (search engine) that only searches what's in that library. Ours is called TOPCAT, for Trent Online Public Catalogue.
University libraries are large and complex, with a variety of material in various locations, including e-resources that aren't on any shelf. The library's catalogue is your tool for discovering what's available and where it is.
TOPCAT tells you what we have in our library, but its coverage of items is general. TOPCAT does NOT search the full text of books, journals, or any other item it describes.
It's not specific enough to tell you what's on every page of a book.
You can't find individual journal articles using TOPCAT.
TOPCAT is accessible on the internet to anyone, without restrictions. You don't need a library card or password in order to search TOPCAT.
There are some limitations on what you can do without an account, such as placing a "hold" or accessing e-journals. You must be a registered student (or staff / faculty) with a library card to use these features.
A TOPCAT (catalogue) record is a description of an item in the library.
Every item in the library has a record in TOPCAT that provides:
Sometimes (depending on the item) there's even more information in a record, like subject headings, book cover images, descriptions, and links to material online.
For more details and screen captures of results pages, go to TOPCAT Results.
Next page: Search Titles ...
This TOPCAT tutorial is detailed, with examples and screen captures spread throughout. TOPCAT is logical and easy to use, when you understand the general principles, so you may not need to be told all the details. As you use it more, you may need to understand it better. The tutorials are always available from the Library's homepage, for further consultation.
Here are some suggestions for progressing through the tutorial the first time.