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STEP 5

Find Books on Your Topic

Libraries organize books by subject. For example, most books about science are shelved in the same area. In addition, libraries have an area called “Reference” that contains many of the books you may want to use for background information.
Remember that reference books are for room use only and therefore cannot be checked out. The third and fourth floors of the Library provide the student researcher with circulating books that can be checked out. In addition, each book has a unique call number that identifies its location in the library.

Ask Yourself:
How do I find books on my topic?

Then Do This:
• Use the SIRSI online Library catalog. Here is another opportunity to use the keywords, concepts, and related terms that were developed in Step 3.
• ASK A REFERENCE LIBRARIAN.
• Attend a Library orientation with your class.
• Attend a Library workshop on using the catalog.

Ask Yourself:
What do I do when I have used the SIRSI online Library catalog, and asked the Reference Librarian for assistance, and ALL the books I want are checked out or not at RHCL?

Then Do This:
• Use the RHCL Web site to access other libraries’ online catalogs. When you discover a book at another library, remember to call the library in advance about its borrowing policies.

Ask Yourself:
What if I have done all of the above and still get nothing?

Then Do This:
• ASK A REFERENCE LIBRARIAN about Interlibrary Loan (ILL) of books. ILL requires at least three weeks advance notice.

 

Step 6  When You Need Articles   

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