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HIST 290: Historiographic Seminar (Ashbaugh) Spring 2022 290-01

Finding Books

There are three options you can explore for finding books.  Two are available through the Advanced Search on the library's website: Library Catalog and SUNY Catalog.  The other is WorldCat and is available in the database list.  The Library Catalog searches holdings within Milne Library; SUNY Catalog searches libraries across all SUNYs (note: interlibrary loan is typically very fast when requested from another SUNY), and WorldCat searches libraries across the United States and the world.  More information on each can be found below

How to Find a Book in the Library Catalog

The Library Catalog is one place to start when searching for books.  From the library's main page, click Advanced, and at the top, choose Library Catalog. 

screenshot of the library advanced search


After you do your search, you can use the Availability and Resource Type facets on the left to narrow your results to print books or e-books.


You should always sign in, as this will allow you to access e-books, save items to your folder, etc.: 

screenshot of library sign in page


When you find a book you'd like to check out, you will need the location and call number to find it on the shelf.  

screenshot of library search with call number circled


Most physical (print) materials can be checked out for the whole semester at the Circulation Desk on the first floor.  All you need is your ID!  A few collections, such as Special Collections and the Reference Collection, do not circulate but can be used in the Library.

Check out the video tutorial below for step-by-step instructions:

How to Find a Book Using SUNY Catalog

The process is very much the same as looking for books using the Library Catalog.  When you find a book you would like to request, simply sign in, click on the title of the book, click Resource Sharing scroll down, and hit Send Request.  That's it!  You will be able to see the status of your request by logging into Illiad.

How to Find a Book Using WorldCat

This database allows you to search well over a billion items, including books in Milne Library AND books from thousands of other libraries around the world.  Books owned by Milne Library or Hartwick College will be denoted.  Books from Hartwick can be picked up at the Stevens-German Library on the Hartwick College campus and checked out using your SUNY Oneonta ID.  Books from other libraries can be requested through interlibrary loan.  Remember to plan ahead, since it may take weeks for a book to arrive!  Simply click on the title of the book, scroll down a little bit to "Get This Item," click "Request Via Interlibrary Loan," and follow the prompts.

The search interface offers many options.  You can limit type to Books.  You can also limit availability, so that you bring up materials just from Milne, and/or Hartwick.