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Tutt Library Research Guides
Browsing the Shelves
Books on the same topic often have similar call numbers.
Once you find a good book in the stacks, browse the shelves for similar items.
For a complete list of call numbers by subject area, check out the Library of Congress Classification Outline.
When searching the Catalog, Prospector, and WorldCat, try to
- Use broad keywords from your class reading to begin your search.
- Refine your searches by adding keywords.
- Click on the subject headings of interesting books to find similar materials.
- Try the Library of Congress Authorities and Vocabularies thesaurus to find variations of keywords and subject headings.
Find Books: Catalog, Prospector, and Worldcat
You have access to books from three sources -- the Library Catalog, Prospector, and WorldCat:
- Catalog includes all of the books owned by Tutt Library
- Prospector gives you access to books in 22 regional libraries
- WorldCat lists library holdings nationwide
- Prospector: 3-5 business days
- WorldCat (Interlibrary Loan): 5-10 business days
Catalog Search Tips
Think Broadly. Remember to think broadly when searching for books - that is, to realize that your specific topic will probably be treated in books that cover a broader subject.
Once you find a book relevant to your topic, use the subject headings to help you find more.
Tutt Library, Colorado College Research Help Desk: 719-389-6662, Texting: 719-387-5441, E-mail: tuttref@ColoradoCollege.edu