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3.1. Searching the SPARK Catalog

Is it already in the SPARK catalog? Look there first!

When a new item is received at your library and needs to be cataloged, your first step should always be to search for the title across the entire SPARK catalog.  If a bibliographic record for the item already exists in SPARK, do NOT create (or import) a new MARC record!  Simply add your item to the existing bibliographic record.

To search the SPARK catalog:


1.  Go to Cataloging > Search the Catalog in the web client.

 2.  Click the Numeric Search tab, and make sure ISBN is selected as the search field.


3.  In the Search Library area, select SPARK. This will ensure that you are searching all locations throughout the SPARK system.


4. Scan or type in the ISBN, then click Search.  (If the item has no ISBN, go back to Numeric Search and search by UPC.)

5. Examine the search results to find an existing record in the catalog that most closely resembles the item in hand.  Click the MARC View tab to examine the record and find 3-5 match points.

6. After you have verified that the record matches your item, go to Step #7.

7. Click the Add Holdings button, and follow instructions for adding volumes and copies.

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