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Getting Started IS 101 and beyond:

Research tips for introduction AND review.

Why use a Book?

When you want...
An in-depth look at a topic
A book
And know that...

Books could be scholarly or popular.

Books gather lots of research together and make connections--like the perfect search results page.

You don't have to read the whole thing--you can read the intro (to get an overview) or a chapter or two.

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

One Search logo

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

Book Searching Tips

1. Use the search box in the middle of the library homepage OR the embedded search box to the right. To see ONLY books, click on "Books, Media, and More" after you see your search results. Too exclude e-books and anything already checked out, next click "Available in Library." Note the Availability, Location, and Call Number. Find on the shelf!

2. Or, go directly to "Advanced Search" (on both the homepage and on the OneSearch results interface) and choose to get only "Books" in your results (or DVDs, or whatever).

3. Keep those keywords general--OneSearch can't actually search inside the whole book, just the title and chapter headings.

4. The date of the book matters more or less depending on your topic.

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.