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Research Process: Advanced, Subject, Author & Course Reserve Search

This tutorial aims to help develop effective library research skills and critical thinking skills in all courses at Prince George's Community College.

Advanced Search

Advanced search finds records using keywords located anywhere in a record, or only in specific fields.

To perform an advanced search:

  1. Type in the search term(s) you want to find in the Search field. (Punctuation, case, and word order are ignored.)
  2. Select any of theseall of these, or as a phrase from the dropdown list to identify how multiple words entered in the search are to be combined.
  3. Select a different index from the next drop-down list to narrow or widen the scope of your search.
  4. You may continue adding to your search by selecting a Boolean operator (AND, OR, or NOT) and adding more terms.
  5. Select from the remaining fields to optionally limit your search by the available criteria.
  6. Click the Search button to begin your search.

Subject Search finds materials that match the search terms entered in library defined categories.

  • Enter library defined subject headings: 
    • education higher united states history or united states history

Author Search finds materials that match the name entered to a personal or corporate author.

  • Enter the authors last name and as much of the first name as you know: Shakespeare, w
  • For a corporate (business name, organization, government) name, enter a company or association name in the last name field: American Cancer Society

Course Reserve Search allows you to easily find materials that Professors and Instructors have asked the library to set aside for your class.

  • Select from the drop down lists of available instructors, departments, courses and sections.
  • If you're unsure of some of the information, you may leave it blank. Then press the search button.

Search the Catalog


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