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Finding Books

You use the Online Catalog to locate books, journals, audivisual media and other materials at Old Westbury. Before you begin your search it is often a good idea to first consult the Library of Congress Subject Headings, a four volume set located at the Reference Desk. These books provide an alphabetical list of subject headings which correspond to subject headings used in the Online Catalog.

If you already know an Author or Title that you would like to find you can simply select either option and begin your search.

You might also want to try a Keyword search where you can combine two or more subject terms by using boolean operators such as and, or and not.

Once you have selected the type of search and entered your terms you click on search and a results list will appear indicating how many citations were found. Each citation provides bibliographic information such as author, title, publisher and date as well as indicating the location, call number and status of the item.

Once you have written down the location and call number of the item you can enquire at the Reference Desk near the main entrance to the Library to find out where a book is located in the Library.


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