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HLTH 200

Finding Books

QCAT is a searchable database that lists books, journals, magazines, newspapers, videos, government documents, and maps found in all the libraries at Queen's.

To find books in our collection, search QCAT by author, title, subject heading, or keyword.

Keyword Searching

Keyword searching enables you to search using a single word or a combination of words which you consider to be the "key" or main focus of your topic. A keyword search checks authors, titles, and subject headings for key words on a topic. Identify main or key concepts about your topic. Terms are automatically combined with AND.

To find books on eating disorders and teens, search QCAT by Keyword Boolean. Keyword boolean searching allow you to combine search words and phrases (using AND and OR). Use quotation marks for phrases.

  • For example: "eating disorders" and teens

Think of related words and perform additional keyword searches. By substituting related words for the main concepts, many other searches can be generated. 

  • For example: anorexia and adolescents

Subject Headings

Look at a title's full record to see its subject headings. Subject headings provide another search method and give you ideas for keywords.

Examples of Health Studies subject headings:

  • Exercise -- Health aspects
  • Exercise -- Physiology
  • Physical fitness
  • Public health

Finding E-books

Many individual electronic books are available within e-book collections. 

To limit your QCAT Search session, choose E-books from the drop-down menu.