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COUN 5372: Assessment and Treatment in Marriage & Family Counseling: Finding Books

Tips for Finding Books

Types of Searches


  • Combine terms using AND.
  • This search returns records that contain words that match exactly what you typed in.
  • This is often (but not always) the best place to start.


  • Catalog uses pre-defined subjects. 
  • This type of search works well if you are browsing for a particular subject that you know or a broad term. So if you aren't finding anything, switch to the keyword search instead.
  • Subjects are arranged using the Library of Congress Classification system.


  • Author searches are for looking for items a particular person has authored or written.
  • The library catalog works best if you type in searches in the format "Lastname, Firstname."
  • If you want books about a person, search for their name by subject.


  • Use this search if you know the title of the material that you want.

Locating books and other materials in the Alkek Library

  • Call Numbers will guide you to the location of physical items within the library.
  • If you are having problems with finding a particular book, you can ask a librarian for help.
  • This guide may also help you: Locating Books by Call Number

Finding Reference Material & Books

Reference material in the form of subject dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks typically provide background essays, definitions, broad overviews of various topics, or other pertinent facts. The four bullets below list collections of searchable eReference titles:

  • Credo eReference  includes more than 580 reference books, including encyclopedias, dictionaries (English and foreign language), thesauri, books of quotations, as well as a range of subject-specific reference books. 
  • Sage Knowledge covers sociology, social work, multicultural and gender studies, political science, psychology, anthropology, criminal justice, health, and medicine. 

Search for Books & More in the Library:

Here are some subject heading you may wish to use when searching for supplementary materials.  This is not intended to be an exhausted list.

  • Couples Therapy
  • Marital Psychotherapy
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Marriage -- United States -- Psychological Aspects
  • Family Assessment
  • Family Psychotherapy
  • Families -- United States -- Psychological Aspects

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