How To Find Books
Use the Catalog to find books and periodical titles owned by the College’s Library, as well as items on reserve.
Common Search Methods
- Use the keyword search if you aren’t sure of the book title. The keyword search looks for words anywhere in a record. Use important words or phrases.
- Do not use common words such as a, an, if, it, of, the, with, etc.
- Use the * symbol to search for plural and alternative forms of a word, or if you’re unsure of the word’s spelling. For example: searching for “crim*” will retrieve crime, criminal, crimes.
- Use the title search to find books by title. Only use this search when you are sure of the title.
- It is not necessary to include a, an, and the when they appear at the beginning of a title.
- Use the journal title search to find periodicals (journals, newspapers, or magazines) by title.
- Use the author search to find books by author. An author can be a person, corporation or organization.
- When searching for a personal author, enter the name of the person as: Last name, First name.
- When looking for a corporation or organization, enter the name in the order that it usually appears.
Use the subject search to find books on a particular subject. The College Library uses the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH). The subject headings also suggest broader and narrower subject headings that you can use.
Use this search if you know the call number of a book and want to know where it is located in the Library, or to supply parts of the citation. For example: missing author or publisher. Our Library uses the Dewey Decimal System.
Use this search to retrieve material by course name or by the name of the professor.
Other Ways to Search
Use the advanced search option to narrow your search results by library location, material type or publisher. You can also use advanced search to search in multiple fields.
For example: the author and subject, or the title and notes fields
Author and Title Search
Use this search to find a book that has a common author or title AND when you know both the author and title.
Use the journal/magazine/newspaper title search to find periodicals (journals, newspapers or magazines) by title.
Use this search to retrieve materials by course name or by the name of the professor.
Use this search if you know a publication’s standard number and want to find out whether our Library owns it.
How Books Are Arranged On the Shelves
Books are arranged using the Dewey Decimal System, which groups books by subject into 10 classes:
000-099 General Works (including Reference, encyclopedias, almanacs)
100-199 Philosophy, Psychology
200-299 Religion, Mythology
300-399 Social Science
500-599 Pure Science (including mathematics, biology, chemistry)
600-699 Technology (including medicine, nursing, engineering)
700-799 Arts (including painting, music, photography)
800-899 Literature (including poetry, plays, essays)
900-999 Geography and History
Book Locations by Section
|Section||Location in the main campus Library||Circulates (can be checked out)?|
|Atlas||First floor, in the section just past the Information Desk||No|
|Folios||First Floor, after the 700 section||Yes|
|Main Stacks||First floor, after the computers; books with call numbers from 001 – 700s are located here||Yes|
|Upper Level||Second floor; books with call numbers 800 – 900s and Biographies are located here||Yes|
|Reference||First floor in the section just past the Information Desk, on either side of the computers||No|
|Reference Folio||First floor on the bottom shelf opposite the Information Desk in the Reference section||No|