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Searching for Books

In the Thrift Library catalog, it usually works best to begin with a simple search. You can then narrow your search from the results page. 

 

Simple Search

You can do a simple search by entering the book title and/or the author into the search box. Note that if you do a simple search you may get many results and need to look carefully for the right item. If you want to find books on your topic, enter 1-3 keywords that describe your topic. (You can also use the Advanced search for more search options.)

Examples: bilingual education; gothic architecture; Greek utopias; cochlear implants.

 

Advanced Search

For more precise searching use the Advanced Search. Click "Advanced Search" to the right of the search box. You can then limit your search terms to specified fields, like Title or Author.

 

Limit Search Results to (Mostly) Physical Books

From the search results page you can limit your results to physical books held by Thrift Library. Look to the left side of the page under "Refine my results" and select the following options:

  • Under Resource Type, select Books
  • Under Availability, select Held by library

Once you have identified the book you wish to use, note the call number (example: LC3731.F45 2002) and navigate to the stacks (shelves) on the second floor of the library. There is signage there to direct you in finding the items according to its call number. 

See the Resource Sharing page for instructions on how to locate physical books via PASCAL Delivers or Reciprocal Borrowing libraries. 

 

Limit Search Results to eBooks

From the search results page you can limit your results to electronic (digital) books held by Thrift Library. Look to the left side of the page under "Refine my results" and select the following options:

  • Under Resource Type, select Books
  • Under Availability, select Available online

 

Request a Book Chapter

See the PASCAL Delivers page for instructions on how to request that a book chapter be scanned and emailed to you as a PDF.

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