Search the Library Catalogue for books by entering keywords that describe what you are looking for.
You can also search by author name, book title or subject heading.
Try entering the following subject headings (or simply click on the link):
Use the Advanced Search screen
Combine terms to be more precise using the 'AND' command
e.g. clothing AND smart materials AND Canada
Find synoyms using the 'OR' command
e.g. international OR global
Use single quote marks to match multiple words exactly
e.g. 'protective clothing' (Note: Summon using double quotes)
Use shortcuts to find words with different spellings:
e.g. correction$ will find correction, corrections, and correctional (but not corrective)
Find the library subject terms for your topic
e.g. if you browse by SUBJECT for the keyword Taser (which is a brand name) you'll see that libraries use the term stun guns instead
Call numbers help you locate items in the library. You will always find related books shelved together so understanding call numbers can help you find many resources on the shelves.
Still confused about call numbers? See our Call Numbers Demystified Guide!
Call number ranges to get you started:
Encyclopedias are a great way to get an overview of your topic.
Encyclopedias like The World Book, Encyclopedia Britannica, and Wikipedia cover a vast array of subjects while others, like the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, focus on a particular subject.
Although your instructor may not want you to quote or cite an encyclopedia article they are useful for getting an overview on a topic. Entries often contain references or bibliographies that may lead you to other sources of information.
Dictionaries are handy to check definitions and spelling. Specialized dictionaries include the Fairchild dictionary of fashion, Dictionary of Fashion History and Historical Dictionary of the Fashion Industry.
The library provides access to encyclopedias and dictionaries in print and electronic formats. You will need to come into the library for the printed books. Some online resources, like Wikipedia, are freely available on the web while other subscription-based resources, like the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, may require you to input your user name and password.
The library catalogue lists both scholarly and popular books.
To help you determine if a book is a "scholarly" title, use the following list to help you decide:
Who is the author?
Reference (Background Information) Collections: