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Sociology Graduate Guide: Find Books in the OSU Library

This guide is intended for graduate students (especially new graduate students).

Use the Library Catalog

Finding Books 

Use the Library Catalog search as a general "discovery" tool.  Sign in with your O-key to use the full features of the catalog.  The "Search and Find" tab on the Library homepage shows you the range of options and links to more detailed directions.

Locations for Library Materials

Book Locations by Call Number   This chart gives the floors where books (and bound magazines/journals) are shelved by their call numbers. 

Full-Text Journals  If you are looking for a specific journal by its title, this list shows the database(s) that include full text for the articles in the journal.

Article Databases  Use this A to Z list to choose a database to search for articles on your topic.

Borrow Books or Articles via Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Services can borrow books, or get copies of articles, that we don't own.

  1. On the library homepage, click on the Borrow from Another Library link. 
  2. Register your profile, and fill in the form to submit your interlibrary loan request.  If a journal is available electronically, ILL will get a copy and send you an email with the link.  A physical book has to be mailed or delivered via courier.
  3. Use the WorldCat database to find books owned by other libraries. (If OSU owns a book, that is highlighted.)

NOTE:  Borrowing from another location can take time.  Don't wait until the day before your paper is due to request an interlibrary loan!