Answered By: Jeff Dowdy
Last Updated: Feb 26, 2019     Views: 1

When searching for a book on your topic, it's a good idea to search the catalog (GILFind). 

From the library's homepage, scroll down until you see the Search for Books search box. 

 

I suggest starting with a broad search. Try [flannery o'connor], for example. You will see various types of materials: videos, streaming videos, musical scores, eBooks, and print books. If you are looking specifically for a print book on the shelf in the library, you can restrict your search to items [available in the library]. 

And then additionally, you will select books under the format limit. Currently (2/26/19), there are 828 books related to my search. I can narrow my search using the subject limit. Using the [O'Connor, Flannery] limit, I now have 470 results. If I want to be able to check the book out, I could limit the results to the circulating collection (401 results). 

Now we will need to select an item from the result list. By clicking on the title we can get a preview of the book, normally including a table of contents and an abstract or summary. Let's suppose I'm interested in O'Connor's artwork. I'll select Flannery O'Connor : the cartoons. 

You will next need to find what's called the call number. That's the identification number that helps you find it on the shelf. 

The majority of the books are housed on the 3rd floor of Russell Library. You can take one of two elevators or the stairs located behind the 3D print desk. You will need to locate the shelves labeled PS on the map. 

After locating the PS books, you will need to find the corresponding number. The number ranges are noted at the end of each shelf. Once you find the PS 3565 books, you will look for .C57. If you are still having trouble, stop by the Research Center. We'd be glad to help.  

 

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