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Finding Books in WCU's Library Catalog
The pull-down menu on the right of the catalog search box allows you to do different types of searches.
This search is only for when you are checking to see if we own a particular item, such as a specific book or movie. Remember that if the title starts with 'The', 'A', or 'An' to leave that word off.
Keyword Boolean Search
The best search to use to see what we have on a topic. Here are a few tips:
Use quotation marks around phrases (e.g. "video games")
Use AND to connect words or phrases (e.g. "video games" AND violence)
Use OR to search for synonyms or related terms (e.g. films OR movies)
Subject Heading Search
Each book in the catalog is assigned one or more Subject Headings, which describe the main topics of the book. If you know a subject heading for a topic, you can search for it directly. The names of famous people are also subject headings. Just search Last name, First to find if we own books about a person.
If you need to do a complex search in the catalog that includes both ANDs and ORs, try the guided search.
Websites on Popular Culture Topics
Finding reliable websites can be hard for any topic, but it can be especially difficult for pop culture topics such as film, TV, music, and sports. There are many people out there who are film buffs, or love music, or are obsessed with sports and have websites that discuss these things, but being a buff is not the same as being a scholar who studies a topic in great detail and applies theories to that topic. Before using information from any site that discusses any popular culture topic, make sure that you can locate information about the person who put up the website and determine if they have the education/background to qualify as an expert on the topic.
Tip: When searching for popular culture topics, try limiting your Google searches to .gov, .edu, or .org websites. you can do this by typing site: in the search box, followed by the domain you want (e.g. site:.org).