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FWLD 125: Wildlife Techniques: Finding Books & Articles

Finding Books in Van Wagenen Library

1.

choose Physical Materials from dropdown menu beside search box

2. 

Enter two or three keywords in the search box. You may need to try different combinations of words to find exactly what you're looking for. To limit your search to books, check the box next to "Books/eBooks" in the "Material Type" panel. 

choose Books/eBooks in Material type panel

3.

Once you've found a book you're interested in, write down the "call number" provided. This is the address where that books lives on the shelves.

Call Number listed in a book record

4.

Look for the signs on the ends of the rows to help you find the shelf that has your book.

Library shelf guide signscall number on book spine

Books about similar subjects are grouped together on the shelves, so take a look at the books beside the one you were initially interested. Chances are good you'll find other relevant sources nearby!

If you need help, ask a librarian or staff member at the main desk on the library's first floor.

Databases of Peer-Reviewed Articles

Many relevant sources may also be found by searching larger, less-specialized databases than those listed above. The "MultiSearch" option on the library's advanced search page identifies books and ebooks, scholarly journal articles, and entries from reference sources (e.g. encyclopedias, almanacs, specialized directories). In addition, try expanding your search by using the resources listed below: