A large percentage of the library's books are now electronic and accessible from anywhere.
Keyword searching is a good place to start, since it uses natural language – you can search your topic in your words. A keyword search will return records that include the words you entered, anywhere in the record – title, chapter heading, subject, etc. This can make a search very broad – but is also very useful in finding your topic in, say, just one chapter of a book. To narrow a too-broad keyword search, browse the subject links on records of the books that are most relevant to your topic, and click to find other relevant books.
Subject searching uses a controlled vocabulary – for example, the subject heading in our catalog for “women criminals” is “female offenders.” If you search “women criminals” as a keyword, you will find records that include those words – say, in the title of the book. If you search “female offenders” as a subject, you will get records for books on the topic, whether those books describe such a group as “women criminals” or “female offenders”.
A keyword search looks for words, but a subject search looks for a concept. Because of their different strengths, using both keyword and subject searching will often get the best results.
Use the Advanced Search link (upper right corner of search box on library home page) for additional search options, and to limit your search by location, type of material, language, or year. If you are searching only for e-books, be sure to select Location: Electronic Books. See the screenshot below:
Our collection of electronic books and journals is growing rapidly and we have over 75,000 e-books and thousands of e-journals to offer our online and distance students & faculty.
E- books are designated by the notation “[electronic resource]” and e-journal entries will display the database links from which that journal can be accessed. See examples below.
An e-book, as it appears in our online catalog:
An e-journal, as it appears in our online catalog: