Research Tips

How to Find Books

The first resource to use to find books is the Rose State College Online Catalog. The online catalog is a database of records for books, periodicals, audio and video materials and other items that make up the holdings of the LRC.

Beginning a Search for Books

You can search the catalog by title, author, subject, keyword, or call number. To begin a search, you must define what type of search you wish to perform by changing the SEARCH FIELD (title, author, subject, or call number).  Next, input your search term in the WORD(S) field, omitting the initial articles (a, an, or the) in the title, then click the SEARCH button.  

For example:
(author) hemingway, ernest
(title) sun also rises
(subject) oklahoma history
(call number) F694.P45

To search by keyword you must click on the KEYWORD tab.  Change the SEARCH FIELD(s) to the desired fields you wish to search (author, title, subject, or all).  Next input your search term(s) and click on the SEARCH button.  Searching Tip: For best results select ALL for your SEARCH FIELD(s).

Other Ways of Finding Books

You may wish to use interlibrary loan to order titles not available at the LRC, or you may prefer to find alternate titles that are readily available here. There is a one to two-week minimum turnaround time for interlibrary loan requests. Check at the reference desk for further information. Forms are available online at Interlibrary Loan.

An OK-Share card is available at the Circulation Desk. RSC students, faculty and staff may use other academic libraries in this area: OK-Share Program

WorldCat is the database used to borrow interlibrary loan materials, listing books and journals around the world:

Beginning a Search for Periodicals & Serials

The OPAC includes records for all the periodicals and serials which are received in the LRC.

Search for these items the same way that you search for the title of a book.  Be sure to use the complete name of the title. Do not use the title abbreviations you find in periodical indexes. As with books, omit the initial article (a, an, or the) in the title.


  • FOR THIS TITLE: The Political Science Quarterly
  • DO THIS SEARCH: political science quarterly (omit initial article)
  • FOR THIS TITLE: Journal of Abnormal Psychology
  • DO THIS SEARCH: journal of abnormal psychology