Can't find what you are looking for in the CSS Library? Try searching the following library catalogs:
MnPALS System - Library consortium, which CSS is a member. Includes many of the private and public libraries in the state of Minnesota.
University of Minnesota - The library catalog for the University of Minnesota.
I found something in one of these other catalogs. Now what?
Any books and other materials that you find can be requested through Interlibrary loan.
WorldCat is a large library catalog that include information from many libraries throughout the United States and 13 other countries. NOTE: You will need to login to this catalog using your Novell user name and password, which is the same user name and password you use to access your CSS email, WebCT courses, or login to the computers in the labs on the main campus.
A great way to start finding resources on your topic is to begin your search by using your own words or terms to describe your topic. As you begin to find good quality resources look within the citations, abstracts, and record of different items to find alternative terms and subject headings.
But what are keywords and subject headings?
Keywords are the words you come up with to describe your topic. They are sometimes described as natural language.
Keyword searching is a great place to start your researching, but it is important to know what you are searching when doing this type of search. When you conduct a keyword search you are searching all areas within the citation, abstract, and sometimes even the full text. You will pull up lots of results - some will be exactly what you are looking for, while others will have nothing at all to do with your topic. This is because the search you conducted is only looking for the word, which could be a random word within your results.
Subject headings are controlled vocabulary. They are specific words that are agreed upon by librarians and experts and are used to describe an article or book. Experts will read the item and choose the best words to describe what it is about. It is a more precise or better search because the database is only looking for words within the Subject Heading area of the citation, not throughout the whole record, abstract, and/or full text. You will get fewer results but the items will be higher quality because they will be more of what you are looking for.