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Tips for Finding Books

Hill Memorial Library patrons

The library’s book collections are searchable in the online catalog. You may wish to limit your search to a specific collection depending on the topic you are researching. You may also limit your search by language, publication year, and material type. For additional information, see Basic Tips for Using the Online Catalog.

Although researchers are not allowed to browse the stacks in Special Collections, you may browse virtually in two ways. The easiest is to click “Nearby items on shelf” in the catalog record for a book related to the topic of your research. The second option is to identify a call number range for your topic and do a call number search under Advanced Search in the catalog, limiting your search to Hill Memorial Library or a particular collection.

Subject Guides for Books

Finding materials in a closed-stacks library can be difficult. To make the process easier, Special Collections staff have compiled detailed guides to materials in selected subject areas. Please contact the library’s reference department or a Special Collections curator if you have questions about materials described here or if you need help finding books on a topic not listed.

Subject Guides: