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Find Library Books: Getting Started

A step-by-step tutorial on how to find print and electronic books at UW-Superior and at other UW System libraries.

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This video will walk you through how to find a book in the Jim Dan Hill library and how to request books from other libraries. The best way to find a book is by searching in the catalog which is located on our homepage. If you click the advanced search button, you'll be able to tell the database exactly what you're looking for.
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Let's say that you are writing a paper on the Great Gatsby. Let's type in Great Gatsby as your keywords, choose books under material type, and click search.
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If you would like to narrow your search even further such as to print books or e-books only you can do so by using the filters on the left-hand side of the page.
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If you would like to read the original Great Gatsby it looks like the fourth book is your best bet since F. Scott Fitzgerald is listed as the author. To read a brief summary click on the title of the book and scroll down to the detail section. If you scroll back up to the get it section.
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You will see that this book is available in our library's Garden Level which is in the lower level where the main collection is held. Next you can write down or take a picture of this long list of letters and numbers. This is a call number which will help you locate the book in the garden level. If you need help locating a book you can always ask a librarian for help. Their offices are located on the first floor of the library.
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You can also request a book to be held for you at the front desk by signing in with your UW credentials and clicking local request. Then you'll need to fill out this form that is provided and click send request. You will be notified by email when your book is ready to be picked up. For more information about creating a free library account and renewing your materials click the link in the video or the description below.
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Let's go back to the results and see what else we can find. If you would like to read this graphic novel version of The Great Gatsby it looks like you will have to request it from another library.
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Here you can see that this book is held by UW-Madison and can be requested for free through a service called resource sharing. This allows UW-Superior students faculty and staff to request books from other UW institutions for free. To request this book you can click on UW Request.
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Fill out this brief form and click send request. You will be notified by email when the book is ready to be picked up from the front desk which takes about 2 to 4 business days.
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If this book was unavailable in the UW system you could request it through interlibrary loan which is a free service for students, faculty, and staff that allows us to request materials from libraries around the world for free. To request the book, you can click request a copy via interlibrary loan.
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On the next page you will verify your UW credentials.
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Then you will see a completed request form that you can review to check for errors. And when you are ready you can scroll down and click the submit request button. You will be emailed when the book is ready to be picked up which can take one to two weeks for more information about requesting and renewing materials through interlibrary loan click the link in the video or the description below.
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If you have any questions about finding Library materials, you can always ask a librarian for help.