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    What's There . . . What's Not

    College libraries differ somewhat in what is included in their library catalog.

    Use the CFCC catalog to search for:

    • Books (print ones on the shelves and ebooks to read on your computer screen)
    • Videos (physical on DVD & eVideos to download or view)
    • Audiobooks

    Look elsewhere for:

    • Journal, magazine & newspaper articles
    • Web pages

    Truncation, Wildcard, and Phrase Searching Video

    This short video (~1min) will teach you some search strategies to help you get the best results.

    Keyword ? or Subject Heading ?

    The Keyword you choose to search may or may not be a Library of Congress Subject Heading.

    For example:

    • Search GLOBALISM as a Subject Heading -- zero resources found.
    • Search GLOBALISM as a Keyword -- 12 resources found.
    • Check the Subject Headings on one of those 12 resources and choose the official Library of Congress Subject Heading:

    United States -- Foreign economic relations -- 44 relevant resources found.

    Want more help with the Library of Congress Classification System?

    CFCC Library of Congress PDF

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    The Power of * and "__"

    Truncation allows you to search variables of a word by typing part of the word plus an asterisk *

    ADOPT finds just adopt, but ADOPT* finds adopted, adopting, adoptions, etc.

    WOMAN finds just woman, but WOM*N finds woman and women.


    Enclose your words in  quotation marks to create a phrase search.

    CHILDREN OF MEN finds 90 titles with some combination of those words

    "CHILDREN OF MEN" finds only the book and movie with that exact title.

    Current Issues Search (Encore)

    Try adding one of the series titles below to your search term(s) to improve your results!

    Series Titles Examples
    • At Issue (Recommended)
    • Contemporary Issues
    • Contemporary World Issues
    • Current Controversies
    • Opposing Viewpoints (Recommended)
    • Issues that concern you
    • Issues on trial
    • Introducing issues with opposing viewpoints
    • Issues in crime & justice
    • Social issues firsthand