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Emergency Medical Services

Use this guide to find and evaluate information and resources related to both the medical and career aspects of emergency medical services.

Search the Classic Catalog

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


Searching the Library Catalog

The STLCC Library Catalog allows you to search for books, multimedia items (streaming videos, DVDs, etc.) and other materials which the College Libraries own.

The two basic methods for searching the catalog are by keyword and by LC subject heading.  Most library users are not familiar with the official Library of Congress (LC) subject headings, so 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

Books and other materials owned by the STLCC Libraries are listed in the STLCC 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.

Examples of keyword searches:

  1. trauma  This very broad search looks for all catalog records containing the word trauma
  2. trauma and children  This narrower search looks for all catalog records containing the word trauma and the word children. Connect two or more keywords in a search with the word and.
  3. medical AND hazard*  Using an asterisk at the end of a word, called "truncation," lets you look for word variations with a single search. This search looks for all catalog records containing the word medical and any words beginning with hazard, such as hazardhazards, or hazardous.

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 a few examples of subject headings you will find in the STLCC Catalog:

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