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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.
How many results did you find?
Scroll down to the result titled Ghost Towns of Route 66.
Look at the words in red. Where does the catalog search for your words?
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.
Putting quotes " " around words tells the catalog to only retrieve records that have the words right next to each other.
What happened to the number of results you got when you used quotes?
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.
Which two cities in Arizona are discussed in the book?
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 an item's record to figure out some good subject headings.
Which subject heading would work best if you were interested in locating items that contain images of ghost towns?
How many items are classified under this subject heading?
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.
How should you search for this author?
You don't have to conduct this search to answer the question.
Where is it located?
What is the call number for this book?
Where in the Main Library will you find this book (Call number F787 .G73 1992) ?
The library has many books that are available digitally so you don't have to come in to the library.
You will be using the limiters to find ebooks.
How many ghost town related e-books did you find?
The record for an ebook 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.
The library catalog can also help you find items when you're missing crucial information.
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?
What is the title of the book your professor was looking for?
One last question, how many copies of this book does the library have?
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