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Find Your Textbook & Course Materials

The Library makes books/textbooks, DVDs, and other course materials available online or in print for students to share access to as an alternative to purchasing them. 

You can find your textbook and other course materials by searching in the Course Readings list using your professor's last name or course name. 

If you do not see your textbook listed, then your professor may not have submitted the title(s) to the bookstore. Please reach out to your Subject Librarian to get more help with finding the item you need. 

Subject Call Numbers

The Claremont Colleges Library use the Library of Congress Classification System to organize physical books in the library. Our science section can be found on the first (1st) floor of the Honnold side of the building.

LC Subclasses for Geology

QE1-996.5          Geology
QE1-350.62        General geology including geographical divisions
QE351-399.2      Mineralogy  
QE420-499         Petrology
QE500-639.5      Dynamic and structural geology
QE521-545         Volcanoes and earthquakes
QE601-613.5      Structural geology
QE640-699         Stratigraphy
QE701-760         Paleontology
QE760.8-899.2   Paleozoology
QE901-996.5      Paleobotany 

Search Strategies

Learning how to search databases is important because it is a little different than searching Google. This section will help you learn how to create searches and limit the thousands of records in the database to retrieve relevant information.

If you are having difficulty finding results, Ask Us. TCCL Librarians are happy to help.

Envisioning Your Search Process

It's often helpful to envision the process of completing your work before starting on searches. It allows you the space to organize your thoughts and plan steps so that you don't spend time aimlessly wandering. 

Identify & Refine Your Topic Using a Concept Map

Start with a general topic/broad keyword(s) then narrow as you build. Use a Thesaurus to find alternate terms. Brainstorm for keywords that are most important in defining your topic.

Streamline Your Searches Using Advanced Techniques

Boolean operators connect your search words together to either narrow or broaden your set of results. Using Boolean Operators will provide better and more accurate results. The three basic boolean operators are: AND, OR, and NOT.

Exact Phrase Searching

  • Use quotation marks around a phrase of two or more words to limit or narrow your search results
  • Phrase search indicates to a search tool that you want the search terms in a specific order together
  • Example:
    • "alternative energy"
    • This will retrieve results where these terms appear in this specific order and together
    • So, you will not get results with just energy or just alternative or energy alternative
  • Phrase search is most useful when you are searching for keywords that have multiple meanings or that have specific meanings when used in combination.

Web Domain Searching

  • To find websites with specific domain such as:
    • .org = non-profit organizations
    • .gov = U.S. government
    • .edu = educational 
    • .com = commercial
    • .net = large network
  • Use "site:" and the domain you wish to find, without spaces.
  • Example:

Truncation Searching

  • Truncation is a way to search for words that may appear in multiple forms
  • It is usually indicated by an asterisk *
  • Example: politic* will retrieve all results that contains political, politics, politician, politicians, politicize, politicized

Citation Chaining 

Use the citation chaining technique to find related articles.

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Kimberly Jackson

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The Claremont Colleges Library
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