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Howtofindbooks

  1. 1. How To Find Books In Germanna’s Libraries
  2. 2. The library home page is located at www.germanna.edu/library.VCCSLinc is Germanna’s gateway to an online catalog of books, serials, e-resources, sound recordings and more.
  3. 3. Once you enter the catalog, choose the type of search you wishto do from the drop-down menu. Enter your search term in the search box and click “Go.”
  4. 4. When you get the list of records, be sure to check for the location(Culpeper, Locust Grove, Fredericksburg, or VCCS) and the typeand availability (Circulating, Reference, Internet, etc.) of the item.
  5. 5. • If you do not find any matches for your search: – Check your spelling – Try a more general or a more specific search term, by…
  6. 6. …using Advanced Search which enables you to refineyour search. Also, terms such as: and, or, & not…
  7. 7. …can limit your search, as it did here with “and” or…
  8. 8. …expand your search, as it did here with “or”.
  9. 9. As you can see the Boolean operators “and”, “or”, and “not” can have a significant impact on the results of your search.
  10. 10. You can get the most complete information about any item by clicking on the title or the record number.
  11. 11. Read the Abstract to see if the book contains theinformation that you need and want. Also, the record page can assist you with citation.
  12. 12. The various citation styles are listed.
  13. 13. If you want to see more resources that are available for yourtopic, look at: “Subject – Lib.Cong.” Often there are several subject listings for a book.
  14. 14. This path can open up a whole new world of material for you.
  15. 15. Now, for example, you can decide if you want to focus on “Arctic regions” or “Economic aspects” within the climatic changes subject category
  16. 16. Also, at the bottom of the record, you can click on the“Location.” This will give you the ability to see if the book is on the shelf and to put a hold on it if it is.
  17. 17. Since this book is on the shelf, “Request this item” will give you the ability to place a hold on it.
  18. 18. Enter your myGCC login information to sign in and place therequest. The item will be sent to the campus of your choice for pick up within 24 hours.
  19. 19. Additionally, you may request that circulating books be held for you at a particular campus by submitting an online request form.
  20. 20. Note that there are several different types of form options here.
  21. 21. Distance Learning/Off-Campus Students and Faculty please use this form for all requests.
  22. 22. Through our online Library Request Forms, you can also request items not owned by Germanna.
  23. 23. If you did not find a book that you were looking for in our collection, search other libraries by entering “Library Catalogs.”
  24. 24. This page gives you the ability to access“Other College Libraries,” “WorldCat” (a catalog of books, web resources, and other materials world wide), and “Local Public Libraries”.
  25. 25. Once you find an item you want…return to the Library Home page, Library Request Forms and fill out the appropriate form.
  26. 26. • Reference books and audio-visual material may be moved from one campus to another for your use in the library.• Online books may be accessed directly through the catalog. – Online books available through VIVA or VCCS may be accessed with your myGCC user ID and password. – Online books available through NetLibrary require a separate user ID and password. NetLibrary accounts needs to be initiated on a Germanna computer. Distance Learners may email library@germanna.edu for an account to be set up for them.
  27. 27. Let us know about you!
  28. 28. Contact us for assistance, comments or questions.Contact:• Fredericksburg Area Campus library 540-891-3015 library@germanna.edu• Locust Grove Campus library 540-423-9163 lgclibrary@germanna.edu• Daniel Technology Center library 540-937-2924 dtclibrary@germanna.edu Rev. 12/09

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