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Financial Literacy

Financial Literacy is "the ability to use knowledge and skills to manage financial resources effectively for a lifetime of financial well-being." This guide will help you find authoritative resources to build financial literacy knowledge and skills.

Search the Classic Catalog

Search for books using St. Louis Community College's Classic Catalog.


 

Books in the STLCC Library Collection

Here are just a few titles showing  what's available. Check the subject heading Finance, Personal for more titles,

Getting Books from outside STLCC

Keyword & Subject Searching

Keyword Searching

Keyword searching is used by internet search engines, databases, and the library catalog. Keep in mind that the search will find matches for specific words, not concepts. The default in the library catalog (and most databases) is find results that include every word in your search. Think of this as using AND between the words: 

  • personal AND finance AND retirement
  • personal finance retirement

The two searches above are the same, and will find all books in the library catalog that have all three words in the description of the book. 

If you want to find a specific phrase, with the words next to each other in order, use double quotation marks around the phrase:

  • "investment strategies" 
  • "retirement planning"

You might want to broaden your search to include synonyms or other related words. To find either of two words or phrases, use OR between them:

  • "personal finance" OR "financial planning"

You can also use truncation to search for different forms of a word. The asterisk * is used in the library catalog and many databases for this. 

  • invest*
  • invest* AND wealth
  • (money OR financ*) AND management

In the above searches, invest* will find the words invest, investment, investments, investing, etc. 

When combining searches, use parentheses () around different parts of the search, as in the examples above. 

Subject Heading Searching

Think of subject headings as labels or tags that someone has used to identify the subject of a book or article. The subject headings are standardized so that only one term is used for a specific subject. Do you call it "Money Management" or "Personal Finance"? Following the Library of Congress Subject Headings standard, we use Finance, Personal in the STLCC Library Catalog. You can search directly by subject, or click on a subject heading in the description of a book you find by keyword searching. Instead of a list of search results, you'll get a list of subject headings to choose from.  Here are a few examples:

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