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How to find books using the Diamond catalog.

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Search the Catalog for Books

Identify the Appropriate Catalog to Search

Most searches for books should start in Diamond, the catalog of books and media available from Temple University Libraries. Links to Diamond are found on the library website under Quick Links and on the Books tab.  Diamond provides a great deal of flexibility in the way searches can be performed.  There are two basic ways to search:


1) Searching for a "Known Item"

If you are searching for a specific book, and you already know the author and/or title, then search using the Author, Title, or Author / Keywords search option or a combination using the advanced Diamond search. Enter your search terms and click the Search button.  You can also search using the International Standard Number (ISBN/ISSN) for the book.  This is helpful if you are looking for a specific edition or publication year.  Here is the ISBN/ISSN search in Diamond.  You can often find the ISBN/ISSN using or

Example: The Epic of Gilgamesh

If you do a title search for Epic of Gilgamesh.  You will find three entries in the results list.  Most Mosaic books are on reserve at the Reserve Desk, therefore you would click on the third entry.  Here you will find the location (Paley Reserve), call number (PJ3771 .G5ES 2003) and item status (IN LIBRARY).  To get this book you would go into the Tuttleman building to the Reserve Desk and give them the call number.  


2) Searching for books on a "Subject" or "Topic"

If you are researching a subject, choose the Keyword option, enter your search terms and click the search button. Multiple terms are automatically separated with an AND; in other words, citations containing all of the terms, regardless of order, will be returned. To search for a phrase, use quotation marks around your terms (e.g. "United States").

Example: Subject is "Creative Class"

If you do a keyword search for "creative class" and click search, you will find 40 entries.  Browse down the entries to review the titles and find one of interest to you.  Click on The Rise of the Creative Class: and how it's transforming work, leisure, community and everyday life by Richard L. Florida.  You will find the location (Paley Stacks), call number (HD53 .F467x 2002), and item status (IN LIBRARY).  To get this book you would go to the 3rd floor of the Paley Library and look on the shelves for the call number.  Go to the first floor desks to check out the book or use the self check-out machine.