Using the Advanced Search to search by Subject:

Searching by Subject: Need to get that report on tree frogs done? Or looking for books about remodeling your house? When you need materials on a specific subject it is a good idea to first start at the Advanced Search screen. Once at the Advanced Search screen you will use the middle column drop down menus and select subject.

Searching by subject will give you a narrow set of relevant search results. The subject search uses a specific, controlled vocabulary (subject "headings") for describing library materials. The subject headings are set by the Library of Congress and they use specific terms to describe a subject. For example: You would want to use the term "cookery" instead of "cookbooks" or "cooking". For a full listing of the Library of Congress Subject Headings view this link: Library of Congress Subject Headings. Remember, you can always ask a librarian for help if you need some assistance searching the catalog!

What happens if you don’t find what you’re looking for when searching by subject? Stay tuned next week for tips on searching by Keyword, which will often give you a wider set of results.