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The Library Catalog is UC LIBRARY SEARCH
- Single white box
- Huge results list
- Many different types of resources; articles, books and more
- Best when you are NOT looking for particular types of sources, e.g. - popular, scholarly, primary sources, empirical studies, DVD, etc.
- Refine results with options on left margin
- Use for complex searches
- Many more options
- Specify Articles books or more (big results list); Resources in the Library (small results list of mostly books); etc.
- Specify type of resoruce
- Specify one or more fields - author, title, subject, ISBN
- Specify publication year, language, book
- contains, starts with, exact phrase
- NOT for keyword searching
- Use for known item searches - e.g., titles, authors, subject headings
Call Number Locations
An online version of the orange Library Locations handout, which tells you what floor, and part of the building (Ocean or Mountain side), the various library locations (Main, Andelson, Government Information, etc) and call numbers are on.
Melvyl WorldCat Discovery System
WorldCat Discovery @UCSB is a way to find books and other materials located in libraries outside the UC System.
When keyword searching, use key words that best describe your topic. The objective is to get a small group of relevant records. People, places themes, characters, time periods, events, types of information (i.e. ethnography) issues and more can be key words. What words or phrases best describe your topic?
Try: And, Or, Not
- And -- "cell phone" AND distraction
- Or -- ("cell phone" OR gps) and distraction
- Not -- (Distraction and children) NOT adolescents
Use Quotation Marks, Asterisks, Parentheses, Question marks
- Use quotation marks when searching a phrase.
- Use asterisks to find variations...
- Flavor* = flavor, flavorful, flavored, flavoring.
- *Psychology = parapsychology, pseudopsychology
- Behavi*r retrieves behaviour or behavior.
- Use parentheses for searches like this:
- common cold AND (vitamin c OR zinc)
- Use the question mark for different spelling as well as singular and plural versions of a word
- Wom?n = woman and women
- Gr?y = grey and gray
- Dog* = dog, dogs
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