Searching the Catalog by Subject
Hello, you're watching "how to search the catalog for a general subject area," my name is Lauren Pressley and I'll show you how to do it. Right now we're at the Z. Smith Reynolds library homepage, that URL is zsr.wfu.edu. Across the top of the page you'll see several tabs, for catalog, databases, journals, and multi-search. Since we're looking for a book we're going to search on "catalog." Here you'll see that we were taken to the basic search. Basic search is really good if you have specific information about the work that you're looking for, like the title or the author. But since we just have a general subject area, we're going to click on guided keyword. Guided keyword works a lot like Google. If you have some general subject areas you type in the words in the different bars and then you'll click search. So let's say that we're looking for something on violence on television and how it impacts children. So here we've typed in violence and television and children. So this will get books that have topics that deal with all violence, television, and children. So we'll click on search, and you can see that we have 46 entries. You can see that some of these are video recordings, some of these are books in the main stacks, and some of these are reference works. If you are looking for a book to check out, you want to go to the ZSR main stacks and you want to look at the call number to find the work that you are looking for. So let's say that this is one that you are particularly interested in. You see that this is call number HM1206 .M374 2007, click on location and you'll see that the H's are in Wilson 6. So, that's how you search for books in the catalog when you have a general subject area. If you have any questions please ask a librarian. You can contacts us at zsr.wfu.edu/ask.