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Plant Science: Find Books

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Book Search Tips

The catalog has a drop down menu with different options to search the catalog. Here are the different options and how they work.

Keyword: when you search this way, you are telling the catalog to look for the words you typed anywhere in a book's record--the title, author, publication place, table of contents, subject terms, etc.

Title: when you search this way, you are telling the catalog to look for the words you typed in the title section in a book's record. It is best to use this search when you have a specific title in mind.

Author: when you search this way, you are telling the catalog to look for the words you typed in the author section in a book's record. To search for books written by a specific author, type their name like this: lastname, firstname

Subject: when you search this way, you are telling the catalog to look for the words you typed in the subject term section in a book's record. Subject terms are very specific labels, like hashtags used in Twitter and Instagram. If you don't know the specific subject term, one way to find them is to open up a book record of something you think relates to your topic. When you find an interesting book, click on the title, and then click on the link that says "Catalog Record." In the record, there will be subject terms that describe the contents of that particular book. You can click on any of the subject terms to find other books that use those same subject terms.

If you are looking for books about a specific person (not written by the person), the subject term is their name. Type their name like this: lastname, firstname, and tell the catalog to search for the name as a subject in the drop down menu.

REFERENCE and INSTRUCTOR RESERVE BOOKS FOR PLANT SCIENCE

E-books

Pro Tip:  To access electronic books (or EBooks) there is often a requirement to set up an account.  Some databases require that the student set up the account ON-CAMPUS first, and THEN they may access those databases off-campus.  Librarians can help you set up your account. 

Use your student portal login firstname.lastname@campus.mccd.edu and your portal password.