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DIY Research Guide: Find Books

Find answers to frequently asked questions.

Find Books- Step 1

Head to the Library's Homepage:  In the center of the screen, use the All tab to search the catalog for books and other items.  Type in your search terms.  You can search for titles, authors, and topics with this search box.


Library homepage search box

Find Books- Step 2

Review your search results. Each item's availability is noted under the entry's title and author information.


Book search results



Find Books- Step 3

Review the citation information by clicking on the Details link.  Is this the book you are looking for? 


Details about book result


Under Actions, use the Citation tool to see example citations for this book in different citation styles.  The citations may not be correct!  Be sure to check these citation examples before using them in a research paper or assignment.


Find Books- Step 4

Take note of the book's Collection and Call Number.  You will need both pieces of information to find the book on the shelf.


Book location information

Click on the Find It link to see more details about the book, including a link to Request It via office or off-campus delivery. Note, the item's location information is duplicated here.

Find Books- Step 5

Head back to the Library's Homepage:


Link to library homepage in catalog


Click on the Spaces link in the left-hand menu to see the Library's Location Guide.


Spaces menu links to location guide


Find Books- Step 6

Review the Location Guide by first finding the item's Collection and then its Call Number.  The guide will tell you where in the Library building the item is located.  Click on the location link to see a map.  The book may be found in the highlighted area on the map.


Location Guide to Collections

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