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Last Updated: Jun 19, 2014 URL: Print Guide
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Step 1: Open the Library Catalog

The College of Marin Library Catalog shows the books available from the library.  To get to the Library Catalog, start at the Library homepage, then look for the Library Catalog link in the menu on the left side of the page.


Step 2: Type Your Search Terms

Type your search terms in the search box.  See below for tips on different ways to search.

There are several ways to search the Library Catalog: 

Keywords:  Keywords are the important words in your research. capitals not necessary

   marin history                                  books about the history of Marin County
   gender science education              books about differences between genders in science education
   social responbility business          books about corporate responsibility, business ethics, etc.
Author:  Last name first; capitals and commas not necessary

   lamott anne
   shakespeare william
   obama barack (This search would find books by Barack Obama)

Subject:  Avoid subject searches unless you know or can guess the exact, official wording of the subject heading
   Obama, Barack (This search would find books about Barack Obama)
   Pearl Harbor
   Interpersonal relations

Library of Congress Classification SystemIf you know your subject's Library of Congress section.

   BF                       Psychology
   QB                       Astronomy
   KF8742              Supreme Court
   DT87.5               Tutankhamen, King of Egypt -- Tomb.


Step 3: Get the Location and Call Number of the Book

When you see the list of search results, look for the location of the book. This will tell you whether the book is available at the College of Marin (Kentfield or Indian Valley Campus), or at another MARINet Library.  You will also need to get the call number for the book.  The call number will help you find the book on the shelf.


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