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COMP 100: Finding Books

Finding Print and Selected Electronic Books in Milne Library

Use the Classic Catalog link at the top of the library home page.  This is an index to the physical contents of Milne Library and to selected books, documents, and media available online.  For books in Milne, note the call number for the item and consult the Library Floor Plans to determine the location of the item.  For online books, follow the link to the Electronic Book or Online Item.

Search Tips:

  • Use truncation to search for variations of a word, including plural forms

Example:  educat* finds educate, education, educational, etc.

  • Use quotation marks to search for a phrase

Example:  “global warming”

A Words Anywhere search will bring up a list of items that might not all be on your topic.  For example, if you enter “music” in the search box, your results will include items with “music” anywhere in the record for the item, which could be in the title, author, publication information, contents notes, or subject headings.

In any list of results, the number of items owned by the library will be followed by the number of items in circulation, for example, (1 owned/0 out).  In this case, the book should be available in the library.  Click on the title to see more information about the item.  Click on terms after Subject for items that provide more substantial coverage of the topic.

Finding Books in Milne Library and Other Libraries using WorldCat

WorldCat is an online database listing materials in U.S. libraries and selected libraries throughout the world. There are several versions of WorldCat on the library web siteFor best results, use the version in the alphabetical title list under the Databases tab on the library web site.  Holdings are indicated for both Milne Library and the Hartwick College library.

Use Advanced Search to locate items by author, title, subject, and keyword.  If the record indicates that the book is in Milne Library, you can find the call number by checking the Classic Catalog.  If Milne Library does not own an item, you can request it by following the Request via Interlibrary Loan link provided on the record for an item in WorldCat.

You can also check out items at Hartwick College Library with your SUNY Oneonta ID card.

Need help?

E-mail a question to a Milne librarian & get a response within 48 hours Monday through Friday.

Schedule a research consultation with a librarian to discuss your research project in depth.

Call the Research Help Desk at Milne Library at 607-436-2722.

Visit the Research Help Desk in Milne Library.