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Finding Books, Videos & Course Reserves: Search Strategies

Learn how to find books, videos and more in the ACC library.

Search Techniques

Use the default Everything for a Keyword Search option to begin.

The dropdown menu under Everything helps you limit your search results to:

  • Books, movies, music
  • Journals, magazines, news
  • Course reserves

...and more

The dropdown menu under All Fields helps you search by:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Subject

...and more

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Quick Tips

  • Don't type in normal sentences, such as "What are the effects of population growth?"

--Instead, use the basic keywords related to your topic, for example, population growth.

  • When searching multiple words, the system will automatically recognize each word as a separate term. This means that multiple words entered for the search will occur somewhere in the results, though not necessarily in the order they were entered. So, if you type in child abuse, you could get results that include child sexual abuse or child emotional abuse.

--So, search for exact phrases by enclosing them in quotation marks. Words enclosed in double quotes will appear together in all results exactly as typed. Example:  "child abuse"

  • Do not use AND, OR, NOT (Boolean Operators) in this search tool. They work great in the library databases, but you don't need to use them for this search box.

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