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Tracking your checkouts in My Catalog

Q: Does the library keep a record of books I’ve checked out in the past? A: By default, the library does not track book checkouts—but you can opt in to this feature by editing your account. Contact if you have any questions!

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Extend due dates and create reading lists with MyCatalog

Logging into the library catalog with the MyCatalog feature allows you to extend due dates for checked-out materials and create reading lists or preferred searches. To explore these features, go to the library catalog and click the My Catalog tab. Here you will log in using your WUSTL Key. After logging in, you will see  [Read more]


Getting to Know the New Becker Library Catalog

As we announced last year, Becker Library now shares an integrated catalog with Washington University Libraries. In the new catalog, users can search resources, find links to Becker’s interlibrary loan service, an Ask Us @ Becker button to reach our help desk, and a journal-title search, among other tools.     Shared electronic resources records have a WUSM full text  [Read more]

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How to save personalized lists in the library catalog

When searching in the library catalog you can save useful resources to a list. To do this, you will need to log in to your library borrower’s account in the library catalog. (If you do not have an account, contact for quick and easy set-up.) Click on screenshots below to enlarge if needed. Once you  [Read more]

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Search for Journals by MeSH terms

When searching for a specific journal or e-book in the Electronic Resources portal, you can search by various title options, ISBN/ISSN, or a specific DOI or PMID number.

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Search Tip: If at first you don’t succeed…

The search engine in the library catalog is not very forgiving with spelling errors or typos. If your search yields fewer or different results than you were hoping for, try a different angle. Apostrophes are important! Searching Braunwalds Heart Disease results in only one book found. Searching Braunwald’s Heart Disease results in 62 books found.  [Read more]

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Better Browsing the Print Collection: Using NLM Classification and Virtual Shelves

Sometimes you know exactly what you want, you look up where to find it, and you’re checking out minutes later. But other times it’s helpful to browse the shelves until inspiration strikes. To focus your browsing of Becker Library’s print collection on a specific area of study, use NLM Classification as a guide. It presents  [Read more]