Information Literacy Module III: Search Strategies
Books and other materials in the MCC library are arranged using the Library of Congress Classification system. Most colleges and universities use this system and use a catalog to arrange and search for the books and other materials in the library. Books in the MCC library are found using WebCat, our online catalog.
- Title: To search by title, enter the most unique words of the title. To find the book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, you may type in: caged bird sings.
- Author: To search by author, enter the author’s last name and first name in any order.
- Subject: Searching by subject requires that you use a Library of Congress subject heading.
- Search Everything (searches for your words anywhere in the record) This is the best type of search if you are unsure of the subject heading.
- Series Title: This is similar to a Title search but allows you to search for all titles in a series, such as the “Time-Life Library of Art” series.
You have three choices of ways to search in Quick Search mode:
- Keyword (Look for your terms anywhere in the record or field selected)
- Browse (Alphabetically search or browse headings; like an index.)
- Exact (Your search must be an exact match. This is seldom used.)
For more details about these, see the Library WebCat introduction page.