Finding Books and Articles

Using the Online Catalog

Mount Angel Abbey Library uses an "OPAC" or Online Public Access Catalog. Our version of this computerized catalog is named Voyager. Most of the books in MAAL can be found using Voyager. Voyager also contains the holdings of the other institutions in the Online Private and Academic Library Links (OPALL) consortium. Therefore, not all the books you will find in catalog will actually be in the Mount Angel collection. (For some types of searches it is possible to limit the search to Mount Angel holdings only.)

The library catalog is easy to use. You can access it online though the OPALL web page at On that page, click on the "Library Catalog" button, which will take you to the search screen. You may choose to limit your searching to Mount Angel items only, or you may search the entire consortium's holdings.

After you have entered your search terms and clicked on the Search button, the results will appear on the screen in a short format giving title, author, location, and year. For more complete information, click on the record. If more than one library owns the item, you will need to click on the title to determine which libraries own it. You may save records to a disk, or email them to yourself, by choosing the appropriate option at the bottom of the screen.

How to Find Books Not in the Online Catalog

There are several ways to find out about books and articles that may be useful to your research but which will not be found in the library catalog because neither this library nor any other libraries in our Consortium owns them. You may be able to find books listed in bibliographies, book reviews, or indexes. Books that are not in Mount Angel Abbey Library can usually be borrowed from another library. See the section on Interlibrary Loan for more information about this option. If an item is of ongoing interest to Mount Angel Abbey Library patrons, the library will purchase the book. If you wish to suggest a book for purchase, please provide ordering information on the "Request for Book Purchase" form available at the circulation desk.

Periodicals in Mount Angel Abbey Library

Mount Angel Abbey Library currently subscribes to over 300 periodicals. The journals and magazines which MAAL possesses are recorded in the online catalog. Journals can be identified on the computer screen by the word "Periodical".

The most recent issues of the journals are in the periodical room on the top floor. Journals published from 1995 to the latest complete year are arranged alphabetically in Stacks 4 through 15 on the top floor. Journals before 1995 are arranged alphabetically in the compact shelving on the lowest floor. Back runs of many journals are also available on microfilm.

MAAL subscribes to the Oregonian and a number of religious and diocesan newspapers. Back issues are kept for one year before being discarded.


The Abbey Library subscribes to EBSCOhost, which is online service providing access to over 20 different databases. Many of the databases contain full-text articles as well as citations. Some of the databases are: ATLA Religion Database, Academic Search Premier, Catholic Periodical and Literature Index, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection, and MasterFile Premier. The URL for EBSCOhost is Anyone accessing EBSCO from anywhere on the hill will be given immediate access; if you wish to access it from off-hill, please see the Reference Librarian for the password.

Online Database Searching

FirstSearch is an online service that provides access to more than 70 databases. A database record may be a bibliographic reference with abstract, a directory entry for a company, association, or person, a table of statistical or financial information, or the complete text of a chapter or article. Database subjects include religion, philosophy, humanities, arts, sciences, social sciences, business and much more. FirstSearch is an excellent tool for compiling bibliographic citations for persons who wish to research an area of study; e.g., for a thesis or senior paper. To access FirstSearch, the user will be requested to complete a search form that will enable the library online search coordinators to compose a search strategy. An interview will also be required with the search coordinators before the search can proceed. There will be a charge for this service to cover online computer connect time.