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SPAN 231 - Conversation and Composition, Spring 2014: Finding Books

Find Books

Library Catalog Search

Search our online catalog for books, e-books and films:

WHERE:

  • HU-Reference books: located on the 1st floor of the library
  • HU-General Collection: located on the 2nd (P-Z) and 3rd (A-N) floors of the library
  • RC-General Collection: click Request this item for delivery in 1 week day!
  • E-Books: follow the link to read the book online!

HOW:

  • When searching for people, search last name first (example: Lamarr, Hedy)
  • Keywords: don't forget to try broader/narrower terms, synonyms, and related terms (examples: inventors, women inventors, women in technology, women scientists)
  • Click on each title to get the full information (catalog record)
  • Use Subject links at the bottom of the catalog record to find similar items
  • Try a Boolean Operator: AND, NOT, OR
  • How about a wildcard? Invent* will give you: Invent, Invents, Inventor, Invention

Boolean Operators

Boolean operators help you when searching.  The most popular operators are: AND, OR, NOT.  

AND narrows your search, OR expands your search, NOT limits your search

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Use the asterisk * to truncate a word and search for all forms.

Ex. Invent* will give you: Invent, Invents, Inventor, Invention


Use the question mark ? as a wildcard symbol.

Ex. Wom?n will search: woman & women

Use quotes to search for a specific phrase rather than just keywords

Ex. "Frog King" will search for the phrase rather than pulling every result that has "frog" and "king" somewhere in the record.

Subject Guide

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MSIS, Information Science
The University of Texas at Austin
BA, History
Southwestern University
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