TCNJ Library
P.O. Box 7718
2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628

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How Do I Find Books?

Select a link to the TCNJ Library Catalog or select "Find Books & More" on the library's home page. The Catalog lists most materials the library owns including books, magazines and journals (but not the articles in them), videos, audio recordings, and more. The Library Catalog has two main search options: Basic Search & Guided Search

Basic Search

Search by Title, Title (keyword or phrase), Journal or Magazine Title, Author, Subject Heading, Call Number, Keyword-Boolean, or Keyword-Relevance.

  • Step 1. Type your search term into the "Search for" search box.
  • Step 2. Select the type of search you want to perform with the "Search in" drop down menu.
  • Step 3. Click on the "Search" button to perform your search.

 

Basic Search Hints

  • In keyword searches, enclose phrases (words you want searched next to each other in a specified order) in double quotation marks (" "). For example, a search for "higher education" enclosed in double quotes finds only occurrences of the two words next to each other in that order.
  • In keyword searches, find multiple forms of a word by typing a question mark (?) at the end the part of the word that remains the same in any form of the word. For example, typing "educat?" finds "educator," "educators," "educate," "educated," and "education."
  • Don't include an initial article ("the," "a," or "an") at the beginning of a title.
  • Type last name first for people as authors or subjects, e.g. Clinton Bill.
  • If a subject or keyword search yields no results, try a synonym of the word or phrase you searched initially. For example, try searching "films" or "motion pictures" if a search for "movies" yields no results.

 

Guided Search

Search any words or phrases using drop-down menus that help you to construct your search.

  • Step 1. If using Search Limits, set them before you enter your search terms by selecting "set more limits."
  • Step 2. Enter your keyword(s) or phrase in one or more of the "Search for:" dialog boxes.
  • Step 3. Click the drop-down arrow next to as a phrase to choose how to treat the keyword(s) you have entered. Selecting "as a phrase" will find records which contain keywords in the exact order they appear in the search box. "Any of these" will find records containing any of the keywords, regardless of their order. (This is the same as using the Boolean operator "or.") "All of these" will find records containing all of the keywords, regardless of their order. (This is the same as using the Boolean operator "and.")
  • Step 4. Select a specific field (optional) from the Search in: drop-down list.
  • Step 5. If you have entered search terms in more than one Search for: box, select a Boolean operator (and, or, not) to connect the search terms in the separate boxes.
  • Step 6. Click on the "Search" button to perform your search.

 

Guided Search Hints

  • Select "Set More Limits" before you enter your search terms if you choose to limit your search by location, type of material, etc.
  • Use a question mark (?) at the end of a root word to truncate. For example, "parent?" finds "parent," "parents," "parenting," "parenthood," etc.
  • Do not use quotation marks around phrases.