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EDUC 634: Inquiry in Literacy Instruction (National Writing Project Summer Institute): Find Books

Resources for students enagaged in the National Writing Project Summer Institute

Books of interest - Education

A sample of available sources are listed below...contact me for help using Library resources to locate more.

Finding Books

Look here for books, print journals, and reserves.

Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service by which Drew students, faculty and staff can submit requests to borrow materials not held by the Drew Libraries.  Users can request journal articles, books and book chapters. 

  • To submit an ILL request, please go to the ILL login screen (first time users are required to fill out  a brief registration form).
  • Before submitting a request, please check the Drew Library Catalog for books or Journal List to be sure that the material is not available here. Ask a librarian for help if you're not sure.
  • You may also submit an ILL request directly through Worldcat and many of our other electronic databases. Look for the link that says “Request an Interlibrary Loan” under Find it @Drew.
  • ILL can usually obtain items without a fee, but Overdue and Late Pickup fines are in effect.

Note: Books may take up to 2 weeks to arrive. Articles may arrive more quickly (sometimes the same day!) but please allow at least 5 business days for arrival. Average turnaround time for articles is 2.4 days; for books, 8 days) 

Use  Worldcat to search for books at other libraries across the U.S.  Items that Drew Library owns will appear with a green highlight.

Video below offers info about searching Firstsearch in Worldcat (about 3:00 min). While some info is specific to Pace Univ, the basic premise applies to Drew Univ too. - video courtesy of Pace Univ Library.

Using the Library Catalog

The Library catalog includes our books, ebooks, special collections, government documents, and many other materials. 

Basic Searching

Once you're in the catalog, you can combine terms in the basic Subject Search
Search by keyword, or limit to title, author or subject using the drop down menus. 

Search tips:

  • Use quotation marks around phrases: "action research",  "elementary school"
  • Combine synonyms or equivalent concepts on the same line joined with OR (all caps): "action research" OR teacher inquiry
  • Looking for several works with the same stem? use the truncation symbol: teach* for teach, teacher, teaching
  • The Drop-down menus next to the keywords boxes allow you to limit your search to author, title, etc.
  • Use the pub year boxes to limit to items published within a certain time period.
  • use the drop down menus to limit searches, such as limiting to language-- items in English--, or location-- such as books on the library shelves that you may check out, or online books

Entries in the catalog

  • Display the title, author, publication information for the item
  • Show if the book is checked out, and give you an opportunity to recall it.
  • Show the part of the library or collection and the call number for the item *
    * if there are multiple copies in different collections, you may have to click on the title to see the list
  • Link to the electronic version of an item, if there is one.
  • Have a check box so you can select them to add to your kept list (be sure to choose "add selected items to kept list" and then print/email them before starting a new search

Advanced catalog search (part 1)

You can also use advanced search (link in the center of the search box) to find lists titles, author names, subject headings that   include, or begin with specific terms:

Searching for subject headings containing
action research

Click "Left to Right" to find exact titles, or narrow subject headings.

Each entry shows how many items are associated with it.

Clicking on the subject (or title, author, etc) will show all the items that match.

To see all the items that match a subject heading and all its narrower subject headings, click on the number after the /
In the case of "Action Research in Education" the 80.

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Phone 973-408-3588; email reference@drew.edu

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service by which Drew students, faculty and staff can submit requests to borrow materials not held by the Drew Libraries.  Users can request journal articles, books and book chapters. 

  • You can submit an interlibrary loan request directly from our databases, through Worldcat, or by going to the InterLibrary Loan system directly.
  • Before submitting a request, please check the Drew Library Catalog for books or Journal List to be sure that the material is not available here. Ask a librarian for help if you're not sure.
  • You may also submit an ILL request directly through Worldcat and many of our other electronic databases. Look for the link that says “Request an Interlibrary Loan” in the item record.
  • ILL can usually obtain items without a fee, but Overdue and Late Pickup fines are in effect.
  • Note: Books may take up to 2 weeks to arrive. Articles may arrive more quickly (sometimes the same day!) but please allow at least 5 business days for arrival. Average turnaround time for articles is 2.4 days; for books, 8 days) 

Questions? Need Help? Email reference@drew.edu

Drew University Library, http://www.drew.edu/library