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Books are likely to provide the most in-depth information. Because of the importance or impact of your subject (person, place, idea, work of art/literature or event), some books may focus on a particular aspect, event, relationship, or influence. A narrower focus can lead to greater depth. Below is an example using Charles Dickens.
Are there other Subject heading appropriate for your subject? For example, is your subject a member of a group or from a particular time period? English fiction -- 19th century would be appropriate for the Charles Dickens. Books about Dickens or works by him may be a part of some of the works, but not necessarily the center.
To bring up all books classified as biographies, select Subject in the drop-down menu and enter Biography in the search field. Among the results will be biographical dictionaries, encyclopedias, and related disciplines containing biographical books.
Select Author in the drop down menu and enter your author(in Last Name, First Name order). Scroll the results and click on the item(s) of interest to you. This also applies for actors, directors and singers.
Select Title in the drop down menu and enter the title of the work. There may be many items of the same or similar title to the one you are looking for. Click on the title of the most similar to check the full record.
Using the Web page to find books
Choose the Summon box in the middle and enter either a title, author, or keyword. The results will bring you articles, books, etc., so use the filters on the left to choose Library Catalog and Content Type Book. If there is a call number next to "check availability," the book will be on our shelves; if there is no call number, it means that the book is at another ConnectNY institution and you can request it.
Library Catalog Search
An alternative method is the Classic Catalog. Scroll down to the blue section of the web page and choose "Classic Catalog" in the second column. This page will then appear:
Enter keyword(s) to browse the Library Catalog for Books, Journals, DVDs and more.