For specific information on topics, nonfiction
books can be useful sources. Locating the books and the information
within the books depend on effective research skills.
Baltimore County Public Library
Browsing the shelves can help you to locate
nonfiction books on your topic; however, using an automated catalog
can save time and help ensure a more thorough search.
In addtion to your school library, an excellent
source is the Baltimore County Public Library. Your initial search
can begin at home or school via the World Wide Web.
Tips Using the BCPL Online Catalog
- Click on the link at the end of these tips
to access the Baltimore County Public Library Online Catalog.
- On the BCPL homepage, click on "catalog"
in the upper left section.
- Type your topic or keyword in the rectangular
box. Under "Select a search type," pull down to "Keyword."
Click the "Search" button.
- Scroll down on the next screen to find your
results list. Then, click on the highlighted title of any sources
in the list that seem appropriate for your topic.
- Skim the bibliographic entry by scrolling
down. Decide if this might be an appropriate resource for your
topic. If so so, check to see which branches own the book and
have it on the shelves.
- You may wish to call that branch to reserve
the book, follow directions on the screen to hold that book using
your library card, or visit the branch to pick it up.
Click here if you would like to access the
County Public Library Online Catalog.