- Use the OneSearch box on the Library home page to search across most of the Library’s article databases and the Library catalog to get started. Watch our video tutorial or read the FAQ to learn more about OneSearch.
- Books and media may be searched in the Library Catalog by author, title, Library of Congress Subject Heading or keyword. Watch our video, Finding a Book Using the Library Catalog.
- The Library Catalog lists relevant Library of Congress Subject Headings and links to books under headings such as, Communication, "Communication in . . ." , Rhetoric, etc.
- Communication is also used as a subheading under a particular group, e.g., Women-communication, African Americans-communication, Aged-communication, etc.
- You can also enter keywords and use Boolean Logic (AND, OR, NOT) and truncation/wildcards symbols (*, ?, etc.) to combine keywords and make results more specific, e.g., small group* and methodolog*.
Library Catalog Basic Search
Starting from the Library Catalog Basic Search screen you can search by Keyword, Title, Author, or Subject by selecting the radio buttons and typing search words in the text box.
The default Limits setting will search the entire collection. You may also limit your search to smaller sub-collections: Ejournals (electronic periodicals--not specific articles), Ebooks, NCOD (National Center on Deafness), TCC (Teacher Curriculum Center), Periodicals/Serials (not specific articles), Videos, Reference Room, Special Collections, or Sound Recordings by selecting a collection from the drop-down menu.
Searching for a specific Item
Select an Author or Title search if you know the author (last name, first name) or at least the first few words of the title.
Searching for Items by Topic
There are two ways to search the online catalog for resources on a topic: by Keyword or by Subject.
- A Basic Keyword search will simultaneously look for words in titles of materials, in subject headings, and in notes fields.
- A Subject search will locate materials by Library of Congress Subject Headings, which is a controlled vocabulary or standard list of subject terms. The Oviatt Library assigns Library of Congress Subject Headings to all items listed in the online catalog.
- Another way to find the Library of Congress Subject Heading for your topic is to search the catalog by Keyword, display the record for a relevant title, and select one or more of the Subjects listed for that record.
Searching for Videos, CDs, DVDs and Other Media in the Library Catalog
- Many videos, DVDs, CDs and other media formats held by the Oviatt Library are listed in the Library Catalog and located in Music & Media.
- Instructional media for K-12 are located in the Teacher Curriculum Center.
- Search for media by Author (director, screenwriter, producer, artist, composer, etc.) and/or Title. Media can also be searched by topic (see Library Catalog Basic Search).
- Limit search results to media as follows:
- For videos/DVDs: In the Basic search screen, change View Entire Collection to Videos/DVD in the pull-down menu.
- For all media types: In the Advanced screen under "Optional Limits" set the "Material Type" pull-down menu to specify the type of media you want.
Find a Book on the Shelves
- Check the Status field of the book's record in the catalog.
- IN LIBRARY - book is available for checkout.
- DUE + date - book has already been checked out.
- The Location field shows the general location of the book.
- Most books are on the 2nd and 3rd floors.
- For other locations, check the location codes table.
- The Call # field gives the book's call number, which serves as the book's address in the library. Each row of books on the 2nd and 3rd floors will have a sign at the end indicating which call numbers can be found on that row.
Locating Book Reviews
The following databases are useful for locating book reviews. Enter the author and/or title of the book as keywords and follow any of the specific instructions listed under each database:
- Book Review Digest Plus (Wilson)
- Indexes reviews of current fiction and non-fiction from over 8,000 periodicals covered by other Wilson databases and also has over 100,000 full text reviews. 1983- present.
- Communication and Mass Media Complete (EBSCOhost)
- Locates book reviews from journals and trade publications in communication and mass media. Choose the "book review" option from the document type pulldown menu to limit to book reviews.
- Comprehensive archive of back issues of core scholarly journals in the arts, business, humanities, sciences and social sciences. Check the box to limit search to book reviews.
- LexisNexis Academic
- LexisNexis is a good source for book reviews. Use the News search option and click on "Book, Movie, Music, Play, and Video Reviews" from the source menu. The "Book, Movie, Music, Play, and Video Reviews" group file contains book reviews from newspapers, such as the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and Library Journal, as well as a variety of trade publications.