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Using the library catalog
Search for books in the library's online catalog.
You'll find many different types of resources in the library catalog: books, links to electronic books, audiovisual material, and links to other types of electronic resources.
Some search tips:
* Try the Advanced Search
* Vary your search terms - if cats doesn't work, try felines
* Check your spelling!
* Once you find a book, use the index (at the back) to find the information you really need.
Remember that you will have to log in if using either from off-campus.
You can click on the titles of the books and read them online.
Many books can be downloaded for a set period of time.
EBSCO eBooks Provides access to over 140,000 eBooks including reference works, scholarly books, and literature and fiction.
JSTOR eBooks Books at JSTOR offers approximately 50,000 ebooks from renowned scholarly publishers, integrated with journals and primary sources on JSTOR's easy-to-use platform.
ProQuest eBooks ProQuest's Ebook Central provides access to over 170,000 academic ebook titles representing approximately 150 publishers. The collection was formerly know as ebrary's Academic Complete.
How Are Books Organized?
Library of Congress Classification System
- The Library of Congress classification system organizes books by broad subject area.
- Each item is assigned a call number, which is like the book's address.
- Each call number begins with a letter or multiple letters, followed by numbers and additional combinations
- Sample Call Number: Z674.75.I58 L535 2005
- The beginning letters of a call number represent a broad subject area (ie HQ784 is "child development")