Searching the Library Catalog

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Keyword Searching

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You will use the UA Library Catalog to the right to find items about ghost towns in the western U.S.

                

Your Turn:

  • Enter ghost towns in the search box
  • Click Search

Keyword Searching

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How many records did you find?

Keyword Searching

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Select a few of the title links and look for the words in red.

 

In what parts of the record did the catalog "look" to find the words ghost towns?

Phrase Searching

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Because you did a keyword search, you found items that had both ghost AND towns, but not necessarily together.

That's because the Catalog, like Google, automatically places an AND in between your words.

For a more precise search, try phrase searching.

Putting quotes " " around words tells the catalog to only retrieve records that have the words right next to each other.

Phrase Searching

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Your Turn:

  • Select the Start Over button (at the top and bottom of the screen)

       

  • Enter "ghost towns" in the search box

Phrase Searching

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What happened to the number of results you got?

Find Book Chapters

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Keyword searching allows you to find information that is contained in a specific book chapter.

Let's look for information about ghost towns in Arizona.         

                       

Find Book Chapters

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Your Turn:

  • Click Start Over
  • Do a keyword search for:
    • "ghost towns" AND Arizona    
  • Scroll down to the book Ghost towns of the American West / Bill O'Neal
  • Click the title
  • Look at the Contents section

Find Book Chapters

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Which two cities in Arizona are discussed in the book?

Subject Headings

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Subject headings are like tags that help to describe an item in the catalog. You can use subject headings to locate all related items in the catalog.

You can use the an item's record to figure out some good subject headings.

Your Turn:

  • Look at the subject headings for this book

Which subject heading would work best if you were interested in locating items that contain images of ghost towns?

Subject Headings

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Your Turn:

  • Click the subject heading Ghost towns -- West (U.S.) -- Pictorial works
  • Locate this  same subject heading in the list and click it

How many items are classified under this subject heading?

Author Searching

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Tom Till is a photographer who has published several books on the Southwest and ghost towns.

        

Let's find out if the Library has any of his books.

Author Searching

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Which search will get the best results? *Note - you do not need to search the catalog to answer this question.

Author Searching

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Your Turn:

  • Click Start Over
  • In the drop down menu next to the main search box, change Keyword to Author

     

  • Search Till, Tom (remember to put the author's last name first)

Call Numbers

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Your Turn:

  • Click on the record for American Southwest: a people and their landscape

Where is it located?

Call Numbers

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What is the call number for this book?

Call Numbers

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Your Turn:

  • Select the Call Number Location Guide link at the top of the page

    

Where in the Main Library will you find this book?

Finding E-books

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The Library has many books that are available digitally so you don't have to come in to the Library.

Your Turn:

  • Click Library Catalog (left side menu)
  • Search "ghost towns" (don't forget the quotes)
  • Click Modify Search

Finding E-books

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You will be using the limiters to find just e-books.

Your Turn:

  • Use the Format box to scroll down
  • Select E-Book

  • Click Search

Finding E-books

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How many ghost town related e-books did you find?

Finding E-books

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Your Turn:

  • Click the book Cowboys, cops, killers, and ghosts: legends and lore in Texas

The record for an e-book is very similar to that for any other item.

However, it will include a link to the book.

In this case, if you wanted to access the book, you would click the Connect to Ebrary link towards the top.

Incomplete Citations

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The Library Catalog can also help you find items when you're missing crucial information.

Your Turn:

Your professor has asked you to find a book about ghost towns in New Mexico that included a forward by Tony Hillerman.

What pieces of researchable information do you have to work with?

Incomplete Citations

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Your Turn:

  • Select the Start Over button.
  • Do a keyword search for "ghost towns" and Hillerman

What is the title of the book your professor was looking for?

 

Incomplete Citations

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One last question, how many copies of this book does the Library have?

 


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