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GEOG 347: Environmental Alteration: Find Books

Finding Books

Use the CONSORT and OhioLINK library catalogs to find books on your topic. As you begin your search, use keywords to describe your topic. Gather these keywords from the background reading you did on your topic in reference dictionaries and encyclopedias. While you retrieve records from the catalog, pay attention to the words used to describe the topic in the subject field of the record. Add these terms to your search strategy to enhance your results. When you do a Keyword search, you will retrieve records for books where your terms appear in the title, notes, subject, and table of contents field. While a whole book may not deal with your topic, you may find books with chapters that discuss your topic. When you do a Subject search, you will retrieve records for books where your terms appear just in the subject field. The subject field is used by library catalogers and uses a controlled vocabulary that may not be intuitive to a searcher. Use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) if you are unable to find a specific book in either of the library catalogs. If you have trouble finding books, please ask your professor or librarian for help.

Borrowing Books

You can borrow books online through both CONSORT and OhioLINK. Click on the Request tab, and enter your library card information. Books will be delivered to the Beeghly Library circulation desk for you in a few days.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

New user? Email ill@owu.edu to sign up for an account. You should receive a reply within 24-48 hours with your username and additional information.