Find books from the Library's homepage.
If you have a known title or author, to see if we have immediate access use the Five Colleges catalog - the middle tab on the top of the homepage.
Use the dropdown menu to chose Title begins with or Author name. (Last name, First name or initial)
Some advanced searching tips:
Use one book to find others
When you find one useful book, look at the Subject(s) in its catalog record; if you see a Subject that looks good, click it to see other titles on the same subject.
Books from other libraries
Try specific terms first;
if that doesn't work, try more general ones.
- Specific terms (Bacillus anthrasis or anthrax) give fewer but more precise results
- General terms (food safety or sewage microbiology) give more results, but are less precise
So, precision will give you fewer items (or none!), and you may miss a book that has a chapter on your topic. But the results do you get are more likely to be useful.
For organisms, use both scientific and common names connected with or, as above - many microflora do not have common names!
With a keyword search, use truncation (microb* will find microbe, microbes and microbial) and variant spellings so you won't miss important titles.
Look for subject headings or thesaurus terms for short cuts to more targeted searching.