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This guide will help you find reliable information on archaeology, in both print and online sources.

Search Strategies

The STLCC Library Catalog is your gateway to finding all items, including books, which the College Libraries own. 

The two basic methods for searching the catalog are by keyword and by LC subject heading.  Because most library users are not familiar with the official Library of Congress (LC) subject headings, it's often a good idea to begin with a keyword search. Results of a keyword search can lead to appropriate subject headings.  Ask a reference librarian for help with subject searching.

Keyword Searching in the Library Catalog

Every item owned by an STLCC library is listed in the College's Library Catalog.  Each listing is called a record.  A powerful way to search for books on a particular topic is to perform a keyword search, which looks for records containing the words you use in your search.

 Example keyword search: mound

  • This search will find all records in the STLCC catalog which somewhere contain the word mound.  
  • Records normally include a book's title and author, as well as descriptions of its subject matter. In addition, a record may include a book's chapter headings or a summary of its contents. 
  • Therefore this search will retrieve all records with mound in any of these areas--even books by an author named Mound!

 Narrowing your search with and.  Example keyword search: mound and culture

  • This search will find all records in the STLCC catalog which somewhere contain both the word mound and the word culture.
  • By using and between keywords, you've specified that all of your keywords must be present in the record for it to appear in your results.  
  • One major reason to use and is that it lets you narrow broad searches (mound) to more specific topics (for instance, books on mound culture).

Using truncation.  Example keyword search: mound* and culture

  • Using an asterisk at the end of a keyword is called truncation, and lets you search for word variations.
  • This example search will find all records in the STLCC catalog which somewhere contain the world culture, as well as the word mound or any words beginning with mound, such as mounds, moundbuilders, moundville, etc. For instance, this search would retrieve a book called Culture of the Cahokia Moundbuilders. (This is a made-up example of a book title.)
  • Truncation saves you time by letting you search for multiple word variations via a single search.

Subject Searching

Library of Congress (LC) subject headings are special, standardized words and phrases which describe the primary subject(s) on which a book focuses.  Searching by subject heading rather than by keyword often allows you to look for books on a particular topic more efficiently.

Since LC subject headings are included in a book's catalog record, looking at the records you get from a keyword search can help you identify appropriate subject headings.  Ask A Librarian for help with LC subject searching.

Below are just a few examples of archaeology subject headings you will find in the STLCC Catalog:

  1. Antiquities
  2. Archaeology
  3. Architecture, Ancient
  4. Excavations (Archaeology)

Getting Books from Beyond STLCC

St. Louis Community College Libraries

Florissant Valley Campus Library
3400 Pershall Rd.
Ferguson, MO 63135-1408
Phone: 314-513-4514

Forest Park Campus Library
5600 Oakland
St. Louis, MO 63110-1316
Phone: 314-644-9210

Meramec Campus Library
11333 Big Bend Road
St. Louis, MO 63122-5720
Phone: 314-984-7797

Wildwood Campus Library
2645 Generations Drive
Wildwood, MO 63040-1168
Phone: 636-422-2000