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What can Book Sources do for you?

  • Deep-dive into a topic for a length of time
  • Gather lots of studies together for you
  • Have a chapter or two that's very useful
  • Have an introduction that gives you background

Searching Tips for Literary topics

Notice the hyperlinked subject terms on a record page. These are, essentially, official "tags" from the Library of Congress. Clicking on the subject term will take you to more books on that topic.

Or you can add Subject Terms to your search in  Advanced Search. You can put the "exact" term in or only part of it (use "contains").

Borrowing from Other Libraries (free!)

Option 1: WorldCat (libraries around the world--more options)

  1. Get to WorldCat on the Databases A-Z page.
  2. Search.
  3. Select format if necessary.
  4. Choose the item.
  5. Click the ILL link. Login if necessary.
  6. Fill in any additional information.
  7. Submit.

Option 2: OneSearch searching FastTrac (regional libraries)

  1. Search OneSearch as usual.
  2. Choose FastTRAC libraries from the drop-down.
  3. Choose the item (does not have to be a book).
  4. Login to see the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) link.
  5. Click the ILL link to login.
  6. -7. As above.

Login to the Interlibrary Loan link on the homepage to see your list of requests to check status, cancel, copy, and more.

THEMES in literature

It's easy to find books BY authors--what about THEMES in the literature?

  • Use keywords and notice the subject terms


Now search for yourself!

BIOgraphies and CRITicism

  • Use the author's name as a subject term.
  • Add "criticism" or "biography" as additional keyword.
  • Notice any subject terms/author terms.


Now search for yourself!

Use OneSearch to find books and other physical items in the library

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Search for ebooks, books, DVDs, CDs, print journals, scores, and other physical items in the library.

Streaming Video

Streaming video database with documentaries on almost any topic.