WHAT IF I NEED A PRINTED BOOK?
To find books written about a specific person, do a Subject search in OSCAR (the library's catalog) and type the person's name (last name first).
If you are looking for books about a topic (not a person), do an Advanced search in OSCAR. If the first terms you type do not give you the results you want, try typing in various ways of describing your topic. Another good technique to find more on your topic is to use truncation. Instead of looking for "Silicon Valley and technology," put an asterisk at a strategic point in the word to find variations on it. For example, a search for tech* will find the words technology, technological, technologies, techie, techies, etc.
Once you find some books that look like what you want, click on the Subject links that appear in the full records for those books, and you will probably find even more books on the same topic. (For example, if you type "Silicon Valley and technology," you will find a few books, but clicking on the Subject heading "High technology industries - California - Santa Clara County - History" will reveal additional books to choose from.)
While the library is closed because of the shelter-in-place order, its printed books are available for borrowing in the following ways:
In addition, you may be able to find a digitized copy of a printed book at the following website: