One of the major ways to getting the most from your
search is to look carefully at the information on the page of a book
that looks interesting. Within that page everything you need to know
about the book is present, as well as clues to finding more books on
that same subject. For example, look at the following book record.
This record tells me everything I need to know
about the book including Author, Title, Call Number, how many pages
are in it, if it has a bibliography, and what the Library of Congress
Subject headings are for this book. With this information I can:
Click on the Subject Indians of North America
-- Northwest Coast of North America -- Social life and customs.
Which will locate all the other books that are
about that topic.
Click on the Call Number E78 .N78 A47 1999,
which will help us find other books in
and around that same call number, and since the CSUS library organizes
books on the same topic side by side on the shelves this allows me to
find all of the other books that are in that area.
Click on the name of the Authors, Herbert
Maschner or Kenneth Ames to see if they
have writen anything else on the topic, or other topics of interest.
This is important because scholars tend to write on the same general
topic throughout their career, so it is work the time to click the authors
name to find other books on the same topic.
I can also look at the Description
to see that the book contains 288 pages, illustrations and maps.
Finally, if I look at the note called Bibl
(Bibliography) it tells me that there are 15 pages of additional
sources that I could attempt to locate to enhance my search on the topic.