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Life Science Lab Assistant Program

Catalog Search Help

Begin in the STLCC Catalog to find books in the library. Two basic methods for searching are keyword and subject searches. 


Some examples of keyword searches include:

  • biotechnology
  • microbiology
  • lab techniques
  • lab safety
  • laboratory science
  • electrophoresis

NOTE: Use the connector "AND" to separate distinct concepts in your search.  Use the connector "OR" to separate synonyms in your search. Use the truncation symbol * to find variant words. For example, biotechnology AND lab safety would find all the records in the library catalog containing both the words biotechnology and lab safety. A search, biotechnology OR microbiology, would find all catalog records containing either of the words biotechnology OR microbiology. You will get fewer but more specific results using AND.



When you click on what looks like a good search result from a keyword search, it is always a good idea to look at the subject heading assigned to it. Scroll down to view a section called LC SUBJECT. LC (Library of Congress) subjects are formal headings assigned to the topic or person you are searching. Clicking on an assigned subject heading will often give you better search results than a keyword search provides. A keyword search is often done to determine the formal subject heading assigned to a topic.

Example subject headings:

  • Mathematics -- Laboratory manuals.
  • Chemistry, Organic -- Laboratory manuals.
  • Food -- Biotechnology.
  • Agricultural Biotechnology

Books in the STLCC Library Collection

Short Tutorials on Searching Library Resources

Getting Books from outside 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