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Books at JMU and Beyond

Tips for Searching for Books

Search term development

  • use broad terms and concepts
    • instead of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) --> health care reform, insurance mandate
  • use synonyms or related concepts
    • managed care organization --> health maintenance organization (HMO), preferred provider organization (PPO)
  • use thesauri or dictionaries to help you discover other related terms

Search strategy development

Just like there are many words to say the same concept, there are even MORE ways to organize the words. Refresh your search skills here.

Locating the Books You Need

You searched the catalog and found this book 

Note the location (Rose), its call number (RA395.A35 B37), and status (available). Use these library maps to find out where in Carrier Library you can find books that begin with the call number RA. Remember you can have books delivered between libraries. 

New Kinesiology Books