Use “Book from the Catalog” for any resources in your guide that point to materials in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. It is always preferable to include any materials linking to the online catalog using this method, vs. embedding links in narrative text. In addition to the guidelines and instructions below, please always precede lists of materials from the online catalog with the some version of the boilerplate text found at the bottom of this page.
Start by watching this short video that includes instructions for adding items from catalog.loc.gov. This video is 04:44 in length.
In order to add a "Book from the Catalog," you will need to work with both LibGuides and the Library of Congress Online Catalog. It is useful to have each open in a separate tab. Within an existing box, to add a "Book from the Catalog" to your page:
Most recently published books have International Standard Book Numbers (ISBNs). Using the ISBN, you can easily pull the basic metadata about an item and the book cover automatically by entering the ISBN and selecting the "Get Book Info" button. Most books added this way will come with a description which you can accept, or edit.
You will still need to add the following information to complete the process:
Please Note: if no book cover comes in with the metadata, you should use the "Default Blue" cover image.
If the book does not have an ISBN, you will need to enter all of the metadata manually (you can easily "cut and paste" the data, on field at a time, from the online catalog record. It is recommended that you include as much of the following information as is available:
To add special format materials from the Library of Congress Online Catalog you will follow the same instructions as for a book without an ISBN:
Some form of these two sentences should precede any list of catalog items that use "Book from the Catalog" entries. You can cut and paste the code below -- make sure to paste the code into the Source screen,
Example 1 (List of Books or Mixed Materials):
<p>The following titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the <a href="https://catalog.loc.gov" target="_blank">Library of Congress Online Catalog</a>. Links to additional online content are included when available.</p>
Example 2 (List of Manuscript Collections:
<p>The following collection titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the <a href="https://catalog.loc.gov" target="_blank">Library of Congress Online Catalog</a>. Links to additional online content, including finding aids for the collections, are included when available.</p>