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Digital Media: Books

Search Tips for Library Catalogs & Databases

1. Keyword Search

  • Uses natural language. Type a word or phrase. Use simple words, not sentences. 
  •  You can narrow your search by inserting AND between words. Example: gifted AND adolescent
  • You can expand your search by inserting OR between words.   Example: teen OR adolescent OR teenager
  • Put quotes or parentheses around phrases when you want to retrieve all of the words, in the exact order given.  Example: "body image" 
  • You can use an * to retrieve multiple variants of a word with one efficient search. Example: teach* retrieves results with teach, teaches, teacher, teachers, teaching, or teachable

2. Subject Search

Library catalogs use specific Library of Congress Subject Headings to classify books. When you search, the words have to be typed in the exact order used by Library of Congress.

  • You will find the assigned Library of Congress Subject Headings listed in each book record. The subject headings in each book record are linked. Once you find a relevant subject heading in a book record, you will discover more books on the topic by clicking on the link.

 

Article databases also use a controlled vocabulary similar to Library of Congress, but different databases may use different subject terms.

  • Note: You cannot use operators such as AND or OR , nor truncate with an asterisk *when doing a subject search.

 

Library Catalogs

Ashland University Library Catalog

AU Library Catalog:


OhioLINK Catalog

OhioLINK Catalog:
 
About OhioLINK:
  • OhioLINK is a consortium of 90 Ohio  academic libraries.  
  • You may request that books be sent to or you may return to any OhioLINK library near your location.
  • Your library record, including OhioLINK loans, are maintained by the AU Library. Link to My Account on Library home page. View or renew there.
  •  It normally takes 3-4 days for items requested from OhioLINK to arrive at the designated pick-up location. You may return to any OhioLINK library.
  • you will be emailed when OhioLINK requests are ready for you to pick up at the library you designated
  • This service is not used to request articles. 

 Map of OhioLINK libraries

 

 Go to the WorldCat Catalog

Includes books and other media in US libraries.  Used only for locating, not requests. Enter your zipcode to find availability in a library near you.

Reference books in the AU LIbrary

Reference books are a great place to start your search.  Reference books provide an overview of a topic, typically just a few pages. If you take a few moments to skim a reference book, you'll get some great ideas on the key points on your topic that you can use for deeper research.  

Reference books are shelved on the main floor of the library.  The books must be used in the library, but because the entries are so brief, it is usually takes just a few minutes to jot down a few notes or make a list of relevant keywords.