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ICS 271 Intermediate Intercultural Studies: Finding Books

Books, to be more specific

Once you have a good general background in your topic, it's time to look for more specific information. One good source for more specific information is books.

VuFInd I-Share is the A.C. Buehler Library's online library catalog. You can search there for books (both "real life" and electronic books), videos, paper copies of journals and magazines (electronic versions are available thru online database sources), music recordings and other resources in the library. You can also search the catalogs of 71 other college and university libraries in the state.

Some tips for effective Vu-Find I-Share Searching: There are 2 main types of searches you can do in Vu-Find I-Share:

  • Quick Searches: A good way to start looking.
    • You can either look for particular items (such as a particular title--select "Title" in the "Search By" box), or use the main words describing your topic.
    • For example, to find books about divorce, type the word divorce (with or without capitals), select "Any words, anywhere" in the "Search by" box.
    • The word divorce can be anywhere in the description of the item, like the name of the publisher.
    • To do a more focused search on, say, the effects of divorce on children, select Boolean, and type in divorce and children.
  • Advanced Searches: Click on the tab that says "Advanced "
    • You can search for more complex ideas easily here
    • For example, to search for books on women's rights in Saudi Arabia, type women's rights in one box, and Saudi Arabia in the next
    • This kind of search often works better for complex ideas than the Quick Search option

What should you select in the "Search By" box? It depends on what you are looking for....

  • Title Searches: Use when you are looking for a specific book: ie To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Author Searches: Use when you are looking for books written by a particular author: ie William Shakespeare
    • Remember to always search for authors by last name, first name--Shakespeare, William
    • If you are looking for books written about an author, do a Subject search
  • Call Number Searches: Use this if you know the call number of a specific book
  • Journal/magazine titles: use this when you want to see if the library has the paper copy of a journal or magazine
    • Remember that you won't find articles from journals or magazines in I-Share
    • You need to search for those in an online database (there's information on that further down this page)

There are two kinds of searches you will probably use more than the others:

  • "Any word, anywhere " Searches: Use when you are first starting out with a search and you're not sure what you will find.
    • This is essentially a keyword search, similar to Google (except it's just searching the catalog)
    • An "Any word, anywhere" search can be a good way to get at more specific words that will help you find more useful information
    • This can be frustrating if the words you are using are not the "right" ones
  • Subject Searches: Use these when you know (or would like to find out) the Subject headings that pertain to your topic.
    • Subject Searching can be an extremely efficient way to find information on a topic
    • The catalog can "help" you figure out what Subject headings are
    • The catalog can "help" you use Subject headings to find more books--you can click on the subject heading and ge to more titles