Use the catalogue to find books, government documents, conference proceedings, documentaries, computer games, and journals. Only the titles of journals are included in the catalogue: use the databases to search for individual article titles.
If you know the title of the item you seek, perform a title search.
If you know the author, perform an author search. Enter the author's name with the surname first.
Otherwise, try a keyword search. Scroll down the keyword search page to get help with all the kinds of keyword searches that you can do.
Once you find one or more good books, look at the SUBJECT headings that have been used. Follow those SUBJECT heading links to find related books.
Subject headings are important because they are tags that denote the content of the resource. They can be more useful than using keyword searches, as the keywords can be used just by chance -- just because the keyword is present does not mean that the resource is ABOUT that topic.
It can, however, be difficult to know what is a valid subject heading in advance. Try the following subject headings: