Research Help

Finding Call Numbers for Books by Title Using the
Melvyl Catalog

  1. In the Web browser's Address/Location box, type, then press Enter on your keyboard.
  2. Select the Title search option from the pull-down menu. In the search box, type one or two words from the title of the book. For abbreviated titles, use the truncation symbol (*) as needed. Note: a word must have a minimum of three letters in addition to the truncation symbol.

  3. To search by author and title, select the Author/Title search option from the pull-down menu, then type the author's last name and one or two words from the title in the search box.

  4. Click .
  5. Searches can also be limited to a specific library; format, such as books, journals, or videorecordings; language; or year by using the Optional Limits menus.

  6. To determine library location and call number click Details/Locations.
  7. Click Circ status to find out if the item is available in the library or if it is checked out.
  8. Click Quit, or close the window, to end your Melvyl Catalog session.
  9. Use the list of shelving locations by call number to find the item's location in the Biomedical Library.

    If the item is not on the shelf:

    • Check the book trucks waiting to be reshelved on the floor.
    • Check the UCLA Library Catalog to see if the item is checked out or in a special location.
    • Ask the staff at the circulation desk to check the sorting area.
    • Check the book trucks waiting to be sorted on stack level four.
    • If you have checked for the item on two separate days, place a search for the material using the online search form.