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Find it by Field Searching

Author

If you already know the author of a specific book or article, entering their Last Name, First Name in the author field will pull more relevant records than a keyword search. This will ensure all results are books or articles written by the author and not articles about that author or just with that author’s name mentioned anywhere in the record.

Title

Use title field searching when you know the exact title of a book or article. In the HCC Library catalog you may type only the beginning of a title, but some databases require that the entire title be correct. In the HCC Library catalog you may also use the Advanced Search screen to find words that may appear in titles.

Subject

Use subject field searching when you know the exact subject headings. In the HCC Library catalog you may also use the Advanced Search screen to find words that may appear in subject headings.

Notes

Use the notes field to search for chapter names or authors or words that might appear int eh description of an item. Not all books have detailed note fields, but many do.

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