Searching the Library Catalog

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Searching Keywords

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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

Searching Keywords

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How many results did you find?

Searching Keywords

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Click on a few of the results and look for the words in red.

 

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

Searching Phrases

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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.

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

Searching Phrases

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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
  • Click Search

Searching Phrases

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What happened to the number of results you got when you used quotes?

Finding 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.         

                       

Finding 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

Finding Chapters

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Which two cities in Arizona are discussed in the book?

Using 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 an item's record to figure out some good subject headings.

Your Turn:

  • Look at the subject headings for this book

Using Subject Headings

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

Using 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?

Searching Authors

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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.

Searching Authors

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How should you search for this author?

You don't have to conduct this search to answer the question.

Searching Authors

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Your Turn:

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

     

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

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 right of the page

    

Where in the Main Library will you find this book (Call number F787 .G73 1992) ?

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)

Finding E-books

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  • Search "ghost towns" (don't forget the quotes)
  • Click Search

You should get around 220 results.

  • Click Modify Search

Finding E-books

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

Your Turn:

  • Fins the  Format box
  • 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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