Get fewer (but better) results by:
1. Being specific with your search.
2. Using search options to limit your results.
...Write down the book's call number!
When you find a book, click [Locations] (Box 1).
Even if it says "Available at Annandale", it may be at other campuses as well. If a book is at more than one campus, it will say "Click on Locations to see all copies" (Underline 2).
You can see whether the book is availible or checked out (Box 3). In this example, the Manassas copy is checked out.
If the book is at your campus, write down its call number (Box 4).
If you want a book from another campus to be sent to your campus, just click [Request this item] (Box 5).
The call number is basically a book's address. Books are arranged by call number, which puts most books on a particular topic in the same physical area. So, every book about beetles will be around QL466.
Save yourself time. Do targeted reading.
Use the table of contents and index.
Use the table of contents to identify parts of the book that cover your topic. Chapter 2 is good if you want information on pesticides. Chapter 7 has info on making organic food choices.
The index tells you anywhere in the book that a topic is discussed. In the example above, organically farmed chickens are discussed on pages 74-75, 110, 112-114 and 162. The certified organic label is a big topic, so the index breaks it down - federal standards, state standards, USDA labeling, etc. This helps you find exactly what you need quickly. The index also tells us to "see also" organic certification.