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SOC 02 _ Saich: Books in the library

Reference Books

Search the Book Catalog

There are many ways to search for print and eBooks in the catalog.  You can put books on hold to be picked up in Merced or Los Banos. eBooks will be listed as belonging in Merced, but any student, staff, or faculty member from either campus can open eBooks and check them out.

The catalog usually lists the table of contents, where you can find the list of chapters. When you find an interesting title, click on the title, and then click on the link that says "Catalog record" to find out more information, like the table of contents, subject terms, etc. You can click on the subject terms to find other books that have these same headings; think of these terms as being like hashtags.

The catalog doesn't look in the index found at the back of most books, so make sure you pull the book off the shelf to check the back for relevant information.

 

Searching the library catalog

The library catalog allows for searching by keyword, title, author and subject.  It is best to begin with keyword searching, and work from there.

Subject searching is a way to find the books that have been identified as being primarily on that topic.  Subjects you might try for this assignment include:

Poverty

Homelessness

Drug Abuse