How should I search if I'm looking for a specific book?
The best way to find a book when you know the title is to do a simple search by "title":
How should I search if I'm looking for books on a particular subject?
To find books on a subject, start by finding the appropriate Library of Congress subject heading(s) for your topic. These are controlled terms that professional librarians use to describe materials in library catalogs, and in some periodicals databases.
You can find out what subject headings describe your topic in one of a few ways:
Many of the search results returned at first may be irrelevant, but this will be a good broad starting point from which to refine your search.
Find a book that seems relevant to the subject you're looking for, and click on its title. This will take you to the Item Information screen. Click on the "Catalog Record" link, at the top of the display, to change to the catalog record view.
Scroll down the catalog record, and look at the fields labeled "Subject":
These Subjects are the Library of Congress subject headings that describe the book.
If you like, you can also click on these subjects to return a list of all books that are described with that exact subject heading.
This search may miss some books where the subject is worded differently, however, so exercise caution when using this strategy.
It may be more helpful to simply perform a new search by Subject, using words that you've seen in the Subject field of books that are on your topic. Searching for a word by "subject" will find that word anywhere in a book's Subject lines.
How should I search for a specific type of item (videorecording, etc.)?
Click on Power Search, right below the search box on the main catalog page:
From the drop-down box marked "type," select the type of item you are searching for (DVD, ELECTRONIC, etc.). Then you can enter your search terms in the fields above to conduct a keyword, title, subject, or other type of search. (NOTE: This method is NOT recommended for periodicals. Many of our online journals are not designated as periodicals in the system. For best results, search for periodicals in the catalog as you would for books.)
Kistler Library maintains access to ebooks through a number of different content providers, including many freely available open access and public domain ebooks. Users can conduct a comprehensive search for ebook titles through WorldCat Discovery, using the search box below:
Once you enter your search terms above, click GO to view your results. You may also click on Advanced Search instead to view more search options, including choices to limit your results by publication year, format, or open access status. The default index for the above search is set to Keyword, but you may click the dropdown menu to change the search index to Author, Subject, or Title, depending on the parameters of your search.
In the list of results, you will see links to View eBook under each title. By clicking on these links you will be directed straight to the content provider. Be aware that you may be prompted for a login before you are able to access any subscription-based materials.