Answered By: Mark Glen Bilby, Ph.D.
Last Updated: Nov 19, 2015     Views: 49

Here are a few search tips if you cannot find a book in the CST catalog but know that it is held by other libraries:

1. For your keyword search, use the author's last name and a few unique words from the title. DO NOT use definite articles ("the"), prepositions ("of"), or punctuation, all of which are superfluous and/or problematic for search engines.

2. Once you have your initial search results, click on "Libraries Worldwide".

3. Sort by "Relevance Only"

4. Select "Book" format.

Please find two screenshots attached. The first shows how a book can get buried in the search results if the above tips are not followed, while the second shows how the book will rise to the top of the results if the above tips are followed.

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