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Engineering 185: Art of Engineering Endeavors

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UCLA Library Catalog Search Tips

  1. Use keywords to locate books that have relevant information. Find one book that looks appropriate and locate subject headings. Use the subject headings to find appropriate books and refine your search.
  2. Use truncation symbols. In the UCLA Library Catalog, engineer* will retrieve engineer, engineers, engineered, engineering, etc. Check each catalog to see what symbol it uses (*, ?, $).
  3. Remember: you can sort results by date as well as relevance. A book that sounds perfect for your topic may be outdated. If you find one of these, try step 1) above to find similar newer titles.


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Renee Romero
Science and Engineering Library (SEL)

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Library of Congress Subject Headings

Library catalogs use the Library of Congress Subject Headings ( of describe their books and journals.  You may want to look at the Library of Congress Subject Heading List before you begin searching in a catalog.  You'll be able to see subject terms that are broader, more specific or related and use those in your search as well.