Boolean Operators | Now
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EUREKA is the online catalog for books at CSUS.
Whenever you need to find a book, EUREKA is the tool to use.
EUREKA allows you to search by
AUTHOR / TITLE
Each of these has its advantages. Obviously
if you know the TITLE of the book, the AUTHOR, or both then searching
those catagories makes sense. However, when you just have a topic is
when you will need to begin searching by SUBJECT or KEYWORD.
SUBJECT searching uses Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH).
The headings are what is called a controlled vocabulary. Think of it
as a uniform way of describing what a book is primarily about. All off
the books at the CSUS library have subject headings. However, if you
don't what it is, then hold off on searching that way. In the GETTING
THE MOST FROM YOUR RECORD: ADVANCED EUREKA TIPS we'll look at some ways
to find out what the subject headings are.
Think you know the Subject Heading? Try this
go to EUREKA, do a SUBJECT search and type in drugs in sports. This
is what you'll find:
If you really want to search by subject headings
use the LCSH Books found throughout the library. The 5 volumes, bound
in red, show you every subject heading available-as well as the call
numbers associated with that subject heading. Or you can do a KEYWORD
search and read the record carefully to find the Subject Headings for
I like to begin my searching with an ADVANCED KEYWORD search. Why ADVANCED
KEYWORD vs. KEYWORD?
Because ADVANCED KEYWORD searching lets you
limit by things like publication date, what kind of material it is,
what language the material will be in. More choices mean that your search
will be more precise.
Any kind of keyword search is the easiest
search available. You only need to type in words and the system will
look for them in every record in EUREKA. This is a great way to get
a sense of what books are available and where to locate them.
To find this book I first look at the STATUS, which
in this instance tells me the book is not checked out-so it should be
on the shelves. If it is available then you would write down the CALL
NUMBER (in this case DS 318 .M495 1988), look at the LOCATION (2 SOUTH,
which means its on the South side of the second floor) and get your
hands on this book!
Boolean Operators are terms that limit or
expand your search. The following table demonstrates boolean operators
||Limits search by added word or phrase
||ex: family and divorce
||Expands search by searching for both words or phrases
||ex: nutrition or diet
|| Limits search by excluding second word or phrase
||ex: family and not divorce
Once you get a Book then simply take it to the
Circulation Desk (http://library.csus.edu/content2.asp?pageID=25)
with your OneCard and check it out for 3 weeks. If you need that book
longer you can renew your books online anytime. To do this you need
a library PIN number, which IS NOT YOUR SACLINK. Follow this link to
set up a library PIN http://library.csus.edu/content2.asp?pageID=171.
Q: So how many books can you check out at
A: CSUS Students can check out up to 50 books at a time.
Q: Can I place a hold on a book?
A: Only books that are checked out. You will
need a Library PIN number to do this. To find out more check out http://library.csus.edu/content2.asp?pageID=160
Q: What about overdue books?
A: Find out about overdue or lost book charges
at this http://library.csus.edu/content2.asp?pageID=158