Answered By: Dean Riley
Last Updated: Jun 15, 2016     Views: 24

You can search for books in several ways.

1. Library Classic Catalog - If you know you want a book (not an article), then the catalog is the best place. The advantage to using the Classic catalog is that you can see book reviews (and sometimes first chapters) of books. There are two searches you available on the home screen.

  • Browse Search: You can do a browse search and look for a title, periodical title, author, subject, or series. This is basically an alphabetical search and dropping your search into a list. This is good if you want to search for a known item (you know the title you want). The catalog works well if you want to search your term as subject search
  • Keyword Search: This can either look for a word or phrase anywhere in the record (choose the "Words or Phrases" option in the drop down box) or search for a word in any of the title, author, or subject fields. This is good to expand your search and broaden the results. This works well when you perform a subject search of your word(s) or phrase(s).

2. HBU OneSearch - This is a single search box that will search for both articles and books simultaneously. It is our version of Google, you could say. You can click the Catalog only box and limit your resuls to items that we have in our catalog (and exclude articles). This option, however, is not as robust as the catalog link above because the catalog contains reviews and other information that may help you decide if that item is something you really want.