Barton, the MIT Libraries' Catalog
Barton includes books and journal titles owned by all of the MIT Libraries. Search here first!
You can use Barton for both primary and secondary sources. It does not list journal articles (we’ll get to finding those later).
Using Barton: Keywords vs. Subjects
Keywords are words normal people would think of. They can appear ANYWHERE in the record (title, author, subject, publisher, notes, etc., etc.).
Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) are "officially sanctioned" by the Library of Congress; you will never guess them on your own. They appear in the “Subject” section of a Barton record.
You can use keywords or titles to figure out subject headings (and remember: use this same strategy with other catalogs and databases!).
For more on keyword vs. subject searching, see the Information Navigator.
Using Barton: Basic vs. Advanced Search
Basic search is good for title, author, and keyword searching. With advanced search, you can combine searches and limit by language, format, and library.
Use WorldCat and HOLLIS to identify books (and other material) available outside of the MIT Libraries, and then use Interlibrary Borrowing (ILB) or Borrow Direct (through MIT's Worldcat) to have those items delivered to MIT. Or get a Harvard College Library Special Borrowers Card or BLC card to visit other area libraries to check out books and other materials in person.
WorldCat includes books owned by libraries around the world; it's useful for the serious researcher who needs to go beyond the scope of the MIT Libraries. WorldCat indicates which libraries in the Boston area own the book you need.
Harvard's online catalog.
We love library tools, but sometimes informal approaches work better. You can: