Electronic Resource & Database Access

There will be no off-campus access to Library electronic resources and databases this Friday, November 28 from 6-10pm. Library buildings are also closed for the Thanksgiving holiday during that time.

Library Catalog: Find Books by Topic

If you do not have an exact title or author in mind, you can do a "Keyword" search to find any materials on a particular topic.

Use the "Basic Search" function. "Keyword" is the default option in the drop-down menu. In the next box, enter the keywords that describe your topic.

Click on the Search button. 

Use the


If you wish to search a phrase instead of keyword, you must change the settings of your search.

Use the "Basic Search" function and use the default "Keyword" option in the drop-down menu. In the next box, enter the topic you wish to search.

To search a phrase, you must set the "Words as Phrase?" option to "Yes." This will expand your search to include any materials that include your phrase. 

Enter topic and select


You can use an asterisk (* - found on the keyboard when you select "Shift and 8 at the same time) as the truncation symbol to retrieve alternative word endings. For example, if you search "Biofuel*," you will receive results like "Biofuel" and "Biofuels."

You can use the truncation symbol (*) to retrieve alternative word endings.


Choose any desired titles from the list of results. You can click on the # to see the full record. Select the call number to check for circulation status. You can also see whether or not the library's copy has been checked out by looking at the numbers on the right. "1/0" means the library owns 1 copy and that copy has not been checked out. Note that the results show electronic books, which can be accessed by selecting the call number.

Choose any desired titles from the list of results.

Search the library catalog now.