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  • 1. How To Find Books In Germanna’s Libraries
  • 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. 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. 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. • 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. …using Advanced Search which enables you to refineyour search. Also, terms such as: and, or, & not…
  • 7. …can limit your search, as it did here with “and” or…
  • 8. …expand your search, as it did here with “or”.
  • 9. As you can see the Boolean operators “and”, “or”, and “not” can have a significant impact on the results of your search.
  • 10. You can get the most complete information about any item by clicking on the title or the record number.
  • 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. The various citation styles are listed.
  • 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. This path can open up a whole new world of material for you.
  • 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. 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. Since this book is on the shelf, “Request this item” will give you the ability to place a hold on it.
  • 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. Additionally, you may request that circulating books be held for you at a particular campus by submitting an online request form.
  • 20. Note that there are several different types of form options here.
  • 21. Distance Learning/Off-Campus Students and Faculty please use this form for all requests.
  • 22. Through our online Library Request Forms, you can also request items not owned by Germanna.
  • 23. If you did not find a book that you were looking for in our collection, search other libraries by entering “Library Catalogs.”
  • 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. Once you find an item you want…return to the Library Home page, Library Request Forms and fill out the appropriate form.
  • 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. Let us know about you!
  • 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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