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  • Welcome to the Fullerton College Library tutorial on how to search the library catalog. From the library’s homepage, click on “Find a Book” to access the library catalog.
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    • 1. Click here to access the library catalog.
    • 2. If known, search by title or author. If you are looking for books on a topic, search by keyword or subject heading.
    • 3. inconvenient truth X Example: An Inconvenient Truth For title searches, omit a, an, & the from the beginning of the title.
    • 4. rodriguez richard number of titles by the author Click here to get list of titles by author.
    • 5. or
    • 6. media violence
    • 7. violence …
    • 8. 0 Use quotes to search phrases: quot;world wide webquot; 0Use + to mark essential terms: designer +babies 0Use ? to truncate: teen? [Will look for records with teens, teenage, teenagers]
    • 9. censorship Limit title and keyword searches to only find books in the reference collection.
    • 10. Select Advanced Search Tab.
    • 11. Select from these choices for If you’re searching for materials each search line that could be mentioned in the record by more than one term/phrase, connect the terms with If you’re searching for a different concept that must also be in the record, connect the term with Decide which part of the record you want the computer to search.
    • 12. When searching the catalog remember: •There are four ways to find a book •Use the keyword search tips •Quick limit your search to reference for general resources on your topic •Use the advanced search tab for more powerful searches.

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