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Student Research Help - Physical Items

I don't know what item I want.

To search for items in the library, follow these steps:

1. Click on the "Find Books & More" tab on the Heterick Library homepage, indicated by the orange arrow in the picture below, and enter your search terms in the box (click here to learn more about how to create search terms). The search box on this tab searches the library catalog, which tells you what physical items--like books, CDs, and DVDs--are located in the library building.

Image of the Find Books & More Tab

2. Once you find an item you think will work, click on the title to see the full record for the item.

3. Look at the subjects, table of contents, and summary (indicated by the orange box in the image below) to learn more about the item and see if it will work for you.

Image of a book record with contents and summary

4. If you decide you want the item, look at the box under the title (indicated by the orange box in the image below). The information in this box will tell you how to obtain the item. The first column, location, tells you what section of the building the item is in. This item is in the general collection on the third floor of the building. The second column, call number, tells you where on the shelf to find the item. Most of the items at Heterick use Dewey Decimal call numbers. Click here for instructions on reading Dewey numbers. The third column, status, tells you whether someone else has the item checked out. If the item's status says "Available," use the location information and call number to find the item in the building.

Book record showing box with location information

5. If you cannot find what you need at Heterick, try searching in OhioLINK. Click here for more information about OhioLINK.

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