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Distance Education Guide: Books & Media in the Physical Library

Resources Guide for Distance Education Students

Keyword Searching Tips

Search for Books in the Peralta Colleges

Catalog Search Tips

Searching for Books

Think Big Picture

We may not have one book that focuses solely on your particular topic - but it may be included in a book on the broader subject.


  • We don't have a single book on the capuchin monkey, but we do have a primate anthology book that includes this species.

Additional Search Tips

  • Phrase Search - Use quotation marks " " to search an exact phrase.
    • Example: "affordable care act"
  • Truncation - Use an asterisk to find variations of a word. An asterisk after the root of the word will find all variations of that word, including singular and plural.
    • Example: environment* searches environments, environmental, environmentalist, etc.
  • Grouping or Nesting Words - Use parenthesis to group search terms together.
    • Example: (teaching OR learning) and communication