Using the Catalog
To Search by Topic
The quickest way to search for a subject is by typing one or more keywords or a person’s name in the search box and clicking on Keyword. For additional results, click on a book that addresses your subject and look at the Subjects assigned to that book. Click on that Subject Heading to view additional titles.
- Keywords are automatically separated with AND
- Truncate: Use ? at the end of a word for variations in word endings (e.g. president? will search for president, presidents, presidential, etc.)
- Search with an exact phrase: Use quotes (") to search for a phrase like "united states"
Always assume that we have books on your subject. If you aren’t finding anything, ask for help.
Ask A Librarian
If you have a question or need help you can use the chat window below, call the refererence desk at 703-284-1649 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a question or need help, you can use the chat window, call the reference desk at 703-284-1649, or email us at email@example.com.