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ENGL 101 - Composition I: Find Books

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.

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.

Searching Other Libraries

If our library does not have the materials you need for this assignment, we can borrow them from other libraries through the interlibrary loan process. Try selecting "Other Libraries" in the dropdown menu of the search box. If you can't find what you need there, you can make a request using our Interlibrary Loan request form (see below). It usually takes 1-2 weeks to get in a loaned books, so make sure to request them with plenty of time before your assignment is due!