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Library Orientation

This guide will help orient you to the library staff, services and resources available to help aid with your research.

How to Search for Books

Searching for Library Books

In the library catalog, click on "Advanced Search" as seen in the picture below:

You will then be able to control your search results much more efficiently to quickly find what you need. When searching for books, you have three options: Author/Title search, subject search or keyword search. See the sections below for more information on when and how to use these types of searches.

Combined Author/Title option
  • quickest way to find an item if you know the author and title
  • use the Author or Title options only if you know the exact forms

Subject option
  • yields only items cataloged under prescribed subject headings (ie Library of Congress headings see list of possible subject headings below).

Examples of subject headings:

  • Great Britain -- History -- 19th century

  • Women -- China -- History

  • Great Britain -- Social life -- Customs

If you are not familiar with the subject terms, ask a librarian for help or use keywords:

Keyword Option (words from the title)
  • usually yields more hits as it searches author, subject headings, titles and series


Searching for Books