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Faculty Distance Learning Library Support

Library materials and support for distance education

Searching the Catalog

Our catalog is located on our main webpage: http://library.lamar.edu.

Search for words and phrases related to your research topic. Depending on how broad or narrow your topic is, use different searches for better results. Choose the different searches from the pull-down list beside the search box.

Subject

  • Use subject for broad topics such as gun control or inorganic chemistry. A subject search produces a list of subject headings and subheadings. You can use the previous and next buttons to browse up and down the list of headings.

Subject keyword

  • Use subject keyword to search for one or two terms—especially if one term is geographical or historical—such as gun control europe or 17th century literature. A subject keyword search matches your terms against subject headings and sub-headings.

Keyword

  • Use keyword to search for topics with several search terms or those that overlap subject areas.

The subject searches focus on subject headings. Keyword matches terms against titles, authors, subjects, table of contents, and other information. Keyword is looser than the subject searches but it will work for terms not found in the subject headings.

You can also use operators with the keyword search.

If a book has online in the call number and electronic resource noted in the title, it is an e-book. Each e-book has a URL link near the right side of the screen. That link will take you to the e-book.

E-books are duplications of printed books, so the content is consistent page-by-page with the print edition.

E- books from Off-Campus

E-books (electronic books) are accessed differently from off-campus, due to security, copyright laws, and licensing.

To access e-books from off-campus, you will need to log in via our webpage: https://library.lamar.edu

Students can search the following E-book collections using their LEA account login

Credo Reference

Ebrary Books

Ebooks in EbscoHost

Science Direct Books

Springer Books