Strategies for Todd Library Catalog Exercise

This exercise is intended to help you become more strategic in your use of the library catalog, and to help you learn to find out more about the materials you find there. You can try a search for "our" topic to see how it works, then try it again with a topic of your own.

Connect to Todd Library Catalog using this link. The link will open a new browser window. When you finish the exercise, close that browser window to return to the tutorial.

Do a keyword search using the words: endangered species united states. Click on a title that seems appropriate or interesting for this topic.

  • What subject heading(s) is/are included for this book? Does it have a bibliography? an index?

Click on one of the subject headings with endangered species.

  • How many subject headings are listed that address endangered species specifically? Hint: use the Next Page and Previous Page icons to look through the list.

Click on the New Search link in the banner above the search box to begin a new search. Click on the Power Search link. Look on the right side of the page for call number search

On the Browse Search Page, enter endangered species and select Subject button

  • What are the related subjects? Might they be useful?

Try each of the following with your topic:

  • Search by Keyword.
  • Use the subject headings from an interesting book to find other useful subject headings.

Note what the different searches can (and cannot!) do for you.  Report your results.