Using The Online Catalog
Published or Revised January 12, 2012The first step after selecting and focusing the topic is to begin the search for information sources using the Paris Junior College online catalog. To access the online catalog, click the "Online Catalog" link under "Explore The Library" on the left side of this and every Web page pertaining to the library. The direct URI for the page is: http://library.parisjc.edu/ipac20/ipac.jsp?profile=pjc#focus The screen that opens is the keyword search screen. This is the broadest type of search resulting in the highest number of results, but they may not be relevant to the topic. Fox example, the research project assigned is identifying a scientific issue that has become a political issue. The issue identified is cloning and the focused approach to the topic is the statement: "The government should ban human cloning." Keywords in the statement are government, ban and human. If the keyword is used, there are many results. The search needs to be narrowed. The opening screen is most useful for an author or title search or if the Library of Congress subject heading is known.
Some Tips On Searching
- Use the author's surname first and then the given name.
- Do not use "a" or "the" as a search term.
- Foreign equivalents of "a" or "the" are also not used, such as "le" and "les."
Some Tips For Advanced Searching
- Holding down the control key will allow several limits to be chosen.
- Using the fields and limits will result in greater accuracy and relevancy to topic.
More Search Tips
- Practice doing searches.
- Explore the catalog for other features, such: placing a hold on an Item, enhancements (reviews and summaries of item), my list, etc.
- Ask for help, the librarian and library are here to serve you.
Virtual Reference Desk
Library staff are available online to help you with all of your library and research questions.
Mon-Thurs: 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.