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Quest Library Catalog

QuestQuest is the web-based catalog used to locate items in James C. Kirkpatrick Library. MOBIUS – Missouri Bibliographic Information User System – is a consortium of over 50 Missouri academic libraries who share the Common Library Platform. The CLP allows individuals to use one catalog interface to search the approximately 14 million items in all the member libraries, request items from these libraries and receive them in one or two days. The 50 member libraries are divided into small groups (clusters). The Quest cluster includes the University of Central Missouri, Central Methodist College , Missouri Valley College, and State Fair Community College.

To get to Quest, go to http://library.ucmo.edu and click on Library Catalog. Select "University of Central Missouri " from the top of the search page. If you do not find the materials you need in Quest, click 'search MOBIUS'.


Managing Your Library Account

Quest allows you to manage your library account from home. You can check due dates, renew items, request materials from other libraries, or place a hold on an item already checked out. You can also search course reserve lists by course number or a professor’s name.


Searching Quest

You can use Quest to find books, journals, newspapers, government documents, videos, and other materials. Quest does not include individual articles in magazines, journals, or newspapers; you should search the JCKL Databases A-Z and print indices to find individual articles. You can search Quest in many ways: title search; author search; keyword search; journal, magazine, and newspaper title search; author and title search; subject search; and number search.

Keyword Search :: Choose words that describe your topic and are likely to be found in a catalog record. If you receive 500 results, try to select keywords that are a little more specific. If you receive 2 results, try to select keywords that are a little broader in scope. No search is perfect; you will often have to try several combinations of keywords to find items that fit your research needs.

Boolean operators :: If you are searching more than one keyword, use and to find records containing all of the keywords in the search box (college and admissions). Use or to find any of the keywords, but not necessarily all of them (mathematics or arithmetic). Use and not to exclude terms (mustang and not car).

Truncation search :: If you are searching for a keyword that has several variations, you can use an asterisk to replace 1-5 letters in the word. For instance, comput* will retrieve results for computer, computing, and computation. If you need to truncate more than 6 letters in a word, use ** (comput**).

Proximity search :: You can narrow your search by using operators that specify how many words apart your keywords should be. If the keywords do not generally appear in a particular order, use near to search for them in any order (college near housing). If the words usually have a particular order, use within # to search for them (literary within 4 criticism).

Title Search :: You may type either the entire title or the first word or two of the title. Searching for only the first word or two in a title will retrieve all titles that begin with those words. For instance, in a search for Civil War and Commonwealth, you may enter the entire title, or you may type in 'civil war' and browse through all of the results. If you enter ' civil war', Quest will retrieve every title beginning with those words. If a title begins with a, and, or the, you do not need to type that word, since all items are cataloged by the first meaningful word in the title. To search for The Red Pony, simply type Red Pony.

Author Search :: You can search for an author, editor, composer, or organization. For example, Shakespeare, William or National Education Association

Journal, Magazine, and Newspaper Search :: With this search, you will limit your results to serial titles, such as Newsweek, Journal of Accounting Research, and the New York Times. You will not be able to find individual articles in Quest; instead, you should search in our electronic databases and print indices.

Author and Title Search :: This option allows you to search by the author’s name and by title keywords. For instance, Shakespeare, William and Romeo.

Subject Search :: You can use Library of Congress (LC) subject headings for your topic to do a more thorough search. LC subject headings use controlled vocabulary and are more specific than keyword searching. If you want to research the American Civil War, two possible LC subject headings are Civil War—1861- 1865--United States and United States—History—Civil War 1861-1865. Hundreds of subject headings exist for the Civil War, allowing you to narrow your focus to armed forces history, foreign relations, or campaign maps, to name a few. You can also search subheadings without knowing the exact order of the terms. For instance, you may search Australia and find the subject heading ‘Education – Australia ’. To restrict your search to children’s books, choose ‘Subject (Children’s)’.

Numbers Search :: A numbers search allows you to search by LC call number; Dewey call number (in the Children’s collection); a local call number; SUDOC number (in Government Documents, both U.S. and Missouri); Standard Search Number for ISBN (books) or ISSN (serials); or OCLC accession number.

Limiting Your Search :: Use the Limit/Sort button to narrow your results to a particular publication year or years, material type, language, etc.

Locating Materials :: When you view an item record, you will see a space entitled ‘Location’. Here you will find an abbreviation for each library and the location within that library. Quest member libraries are University of Central Missouri (UCM), Central Methodist University (CMC), Missouri Valley College (MVC), and State Fair Community College (SFCC). Here at UCM, items available for checkout are located on the 3rd floor, while reference materials, government documents, and periodicals are found on the 2nd floor.

Printing, Downloading, and Emailing Records

  • Display the search results list on your screen and check the box next to the items you want.
  • Click on ‘Save Marked Records’ at the bottom of the page. After you save the records, the check marks will disappear from the screen.
  • Mark and save all useful records on subsequent pages; you must save the records from each page before you move to the next one.
  • When you have finished marking the records, click on the ‘Email/Save/Print’ button.
  • You will have the option to email the list or to save it to a disk. You may also print out the list for $.10 per page.



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