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To find books and government documents in USA Libraries' collections, use SOUTHcat: USA Libraries' Catalog.
- Catalog tips and tricks:
- Keyword searches – use quotation marks to hold phrases together ("clinical psychology")
- Truncation – use ? after the root of a word to find all its variants (psycholog? finds psychology, psychologist, psychologists)
- Browse the Subject(s) field in records to find the right words for searches. (Example: Try doing a keyword search for "process chemistry," then look at the subject(s) field in several records. You’ll see that the subject term is "clinical psychology." Click the subject heading to find more records with this subject.)
- Revise and refine your searches.
- Watch for repeating call numbers and browse stacks in that area.
- Pay attention to the Location and Status fields. You will need this information to locate the item in the library.
Suggested Search Terms
Below are some suggested search terms to use when searching the SOUTHcat catalog or library databases. Search techniques may vary with each databases, so look at help screens or ask a librarian for suggestions about using quotation marks and truncation symbols.
Leave out the word "and" when doing a keyword search on SOUTHcat, since this is automatically added if the phrase is not in quotes. Put phrases in quotation marks to search as a phrase. Use ? as a truncation or wildcard symbol in the catalog.
||"psychology of learning"
||cogniti? and psycholog?
||psycholog? and social
||"personality development" and child?