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AAC041 ReadingFoundations : Searching the Online Catalog

Intro to library services, including searching the online catalog and the databases, evaluating internet sources, and finding scholarly material

Finding a book

You can find a book by searching under subject, keyword, author or title, among other things.  Simply type your term in the search box and hit enter for a single, one term search, such as "history".  If you would like to combine terms, click the Library Catalog button and then the Advanced Search tab that runs along the top line. This will allow you to combine several terms to get fewer hits, but more specific results, for example try to combine: "history", "United States", "civil war".

Finding Books at NCCC

Search the Library Catalog for Books, CDs, DVDs, and other items in the Library.  

Remember that an AUTHOR search will find books WRITTEN BY THE PERSON..

A SUBJECT search will find books ABOUT THE PERSON as well as criticism of the author's work.

Finding a Reference book

You may also limit your search results to specific collections within the library. While in the Advanced Search tab, use the drop down menu to select the collection you would like to limit to, like Reference books or course reserves. Just remember, if you find a book listed this way, you will have to go to the area where the specific collection is housed to find the book. It will not be found in the open stacks.

An Encyclopedia is an example of a Reference Book!

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