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DSEMs 2023-2024: Library resources for first year students: Find Books

A guide designed for students new to Drew University Library that provides foundational information for academic research in the coming years.

Why Books?

Why does this Guide include a section on finding books? After all, books take a long time to write and publish, so there will be fewer books than articles, let alone blogs, tweets and other resources, right?
First: there are more books on this subject area than you'd think-- and many of them are e-books-- and the book search not only finds you books and ebooks, it also finds you government hearings and other related material.
Second: There's a good chance that even if you don't use books for this class, you will in another. Turn here for info about how to find them.

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 ILLiad 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.

Diagram of Locate Basic Interface

screenshot of the new Drew Library catalog, with numbers identifying key elements.

  1. Select the main facet you are searching here. Defaults as keyword, which finds your search term anywhere in the record.
  2. Enter your search terms in this box.
  3. This area is where the results for your search are displayed.
  4. You may choose how the results are sorted here. Other options are Title, Author, and Date, either ascending or descending.
  5. You may use these options (facets) to refine the search results to selected kinds of materials, locations, subjects, etc. Format is used to limit to the type of item, such as book or streaming video. If you are looking for ebooks, go to the "Location" tab and choose "Online."
  6. The advanced search allows you to combine several search terms with Boolean (AND, OR, NOT) operations. 
  7. My bookshelf is where you can save search results for future use.
  8. Browse allows you to either see the books in call number order (the way they are arranged on the shelf) and also to see course reserves.
  9. Use the PLACE A HOLD button to put a book on hold for you to pick up later.
  10. View Details allows you to see more information about a book, such as call number (which allows you to find it on the shelf.)

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