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Part 1: Using the OnlineCatalog
• Find books, videos, DVDs and more using the  Library Catalog.• Locate items by author, title or subject.• Examine your r...
Starting at the Library homepage, click on the link to theCatalog near the top of the page.
You can search the Catalog by subject, by aparticular author, or for a specific title.The simplest way to search for books...
If your topic combines more than one concept, such as “theeffects of poverty on education”, put AND between yoursearch ter...
A set of results will come up. When you see a bookor other item that looks useful, click on its details tosee more informa...
Here is some information you can expect to find in thedetails for an item:• Title• Author• Call Number• Type of resource (...
Once you’ve found an item that looks relevant,check the record to see what other subjects arelisted. You can click on a su...
To search for books by a particular author, simplytype his/her name into the search box and click onauthor.
When you need to find a specific book, video orDVD, and know the title, find it by selecting theBrowse button, type the ti...
This will bring up an alphabetic list of titles. Selectthe one you want from the list by clicking on it.
Call NumbersWhen you find a book you’d like to read, check thelocation and write down the call number. A call number islik...
The call number is located directly under“Holdings.” It consists of a series of letters andnumbers that was assigned accor...
RECAPUse the library catalog to find:•Books•DVDs•VideosSearch for items by:•Subject•Author•TitleNOW YOU DO IT! Please proc...
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Unit 1: Using the Online Catalog

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Unit 1: Using the Online Catalog

  1. 1. Part 1: Using the OnlineCatalog
  2. 2. • Find books, videos, DVDs and more using the Library Catalog.• Locate items by author, title or subject.• Examine your results to find useful material.Ready, set, go! Begin this assignment by visitingthe Palomar College Library website. http://www.palomar.edu/library
  3. 3. Starting at the Library homepage, click on the link to theCatalog near the top of the page.
  4. 4. You can search the Catalog by subject, by aparticular author, or for a specific title.The simplest way to search for books and otheritems on a particular subject is to do a keywordsearch, like the example below shows.
  5. 5. If your topic combines more than one concept, such as “theeffects of poverty on education”, put AND between yoursearch terms.To complete the search, click on “everything” or just pushenter. (It’s usually not effective to click on “subject” whenyou are just starting your research. That will come a littlelater.)
  6. 6. A set of results will come up. When you see a bookor other item that looks useful, click on its details tosee more information.
  7. 7. Here is some information you can expect to find in thedetails for an item:• Title• Author• Call Number• Type of resource (book, eBook, video-recording,etc.)• Where it’s located (San Marcos, Escondido,online, etc.)• Publication informationYou might also find book reviews, summaries, lists ofcontent, chapter titles, and an image of the bookjacket. These will all help you to decide if this item willbe useful for your research.
  8. 8. Once you’ve found an item that looks relevant,check the record to see what other subjects arelisted. You can click on a subject heading to find amore focused set of results.
  9. 9. To search for books by a particular author, simplytype his/her name into the search box and click onauthor.
  10. 10. When you need to find a specific book, video orDVD, and know the title, find it by selecting theBrowse button, type the title into the box, and clickon title.
  11. 11. This will bring up an alphabetic list of titles. Selectthe one you want from the list by clicking on it.
  12. 12. Call NumbersWhen you find a book you’d like to read, check thelocation and write down the call number. A call number islike the address for a book. It tells you where the book islocated in the bookshelves. Here are some examples ofbook titles and call numbers: TITLE CALL NUMBER 100% student success LB2343.3 .S664 2007 Interracial America : E184 .A1 I593 2006 opposing viewpoints Serpent of the Nile : GV 1704.B86 1998 women and dance in the Arab world
  13. 13. The call number is located directly under“Holdings.” It consists of a series of letters andnumbers that was assigned according to itssubject matter.
  14. 14. RECAPUse the library catalog to find:•Books•DVDs•VideosSearch for items by:•Subject•Author•TitleNOW YOU DO IT! Please proceed to Test #1.

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