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You may want to search for books and other materials that are not owned by our library. Popular sources like Google Books or Amazon may be helpful. Worldcat is an excellent resource that allows you to search thousands of library catalogs at once. If you find a book using one of these tools, check the catalog to see if it's available in our library. If not, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan.
Searching the catalog
The catalog is a searchable index of all the items the library owns. To find materials on your topic, try searching using a keyword from the list that you have created. When you find a book that looks relevant for your project, look at the item record to find out if the book is available and where it is located. You can also use the LC Subject Heading to find other books on the same topic: click on the subject heading in the book record to see a list of all similar headings and the number of books we have for each one.
If you are looking for a specific book, try a title search first, using the exact title without the words the, an, or a at the beginning. If you are looking for a specific article, you will need to search for the journal title in the catalog, and check to see if we own the issue your article was printed in. Searching by an article title or an article's author in our catalog will not work!