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Community Patrons: Books & e-Books

A guide to Evans Library's policies, resources, and services for community patrons.

Scope and Search Strategies

The first step in successful research is to match the information need with an information resource that has the appropriate scope. Four components of scope are

1) subject

2) time frame

3) type of materials indexed

4) the information provided about the materials indexed.

Once an appropriate information resource has been identified, the researcher will need to use five basic search strategies for the most effective searching.



Searching in the following databases finds your keywords or topics within the pages of hundreds of e-Books. E-Book titles also appear in Library catalog search results. Community users and FIT alumni - please go to the Service Desk to request a TRACKS login to access e-Books.

Click the "i" icon to read more about each database.

LC Call Numbers

Books in the Evans Library are cataloged according to the Library of Congress Classification System.  Books are shelved on the 4th floor of the Library. 

How to read a call number

The video below from the University of Arkansas Libraries gives a great overview of Library of Congress call numbers and how to understand their use in academic libraries.

Search the Catalog - Advanced

Enter the word or words you want to find, choose a field from the drop-down menu, and then click Find.

Choose All FIelds to search for your terms in all indexed fields within a record.  All other choices (Title, Journal Title, Author, Subject, Call Number, ISBN/ISSN, Series) target specified fields within a record. 

The most precise search is a Subject search using a term from the Library of Congress Subject Headings.

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