Conducting Library Research

Title Search

Title searches are used to locate specific works written by an individual, a group of individuals or a larger entity like a corporation, organization or government agency. Most search fields will accept a partial title when you are unsure of its exact wording.

Steps of a Title Search Using CSU's SAGE Catalog

Step One

The screen-shot below illustrates the first step in a SAGE title search for John Steinbeck's American classic, The Grapes of Wrath. Feel free to open the SAGE catalog in a new browser window and become the researcher yourself. Select the "Title" tab and then follow the discussion below.

Screen shot of SAGE title search

As you can see, the researcher has selected the Title tab and entered the name of the book into the search field. Notice also that the results are to be sorted by Author, one of the choices provided on the drop-down menu and that the search field is not case sensitive.

Step Two

The next screen-shot illustrates the results page returned after submitting the request.

Screen shot of SAGE title search

Notice the researcher had to scroll down the results page looking for the first record of a book titled The Grapes of Wrath written by John Steinbeck. It shows up ninth on the list. That's because there are 34 records displayed, indicating that other books have been written about this title and its author.

As you can see, there are a number of electronic links available to you. Each record displays information about the author, the book, the publisher and, most importantly, its location, call # and status.

Step Three

The final screen-shot illustrates the expanded information that comes from clicking on the underlined title.

Screen shot of SAGE title search

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