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English 1023 - Composition II: Finding Books

Finding Books in Find It

Find books of different kinds in Find It by searching for author, title of work, or other keywords.  Because books tend to be broader in scope, try searching for more basic information before narrowing by facets.

  • Held By Library: Limit to "Ross Pendergraft Library" for physical books on the shelf at the library.  Note: This will exclude ebooks.

  • Resource Type: Select "Books".  

  • Subject Headings: These terms will limit results to articles ABOUT the selected subject or in the GENRE of the subject.  Find subject terms like "Literary Criticism" as well as terms such as the author's name or the title of the work. 

  • Author/Creator: Exclude works written by the author by clicking the 'Exclude' box after the author's name. 

screenshot of author/creator filter

PRO-TIP: Use The Index

Scholarly books tend to be broadly focused on either an author or some aspect of an author's works or life.  To jump into the section of a book discussing a specific work, concept, person, or place, use the index at the back of the book to quickly navigate to the correct section.  Each index contains an alphabetized list of terms, titles, and names with page numbers referencing where in the book that topic, name, or term can be found.  Save time--use the Index!Index"Index" by Ben Weiner is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

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Locating Books In the Library

If you have narrowed your search to books "Available in the Library", you are searching physical books in our collections.  Here is what one result might look like:

Screenshot of a book featuring James Joyce in our online catalog


Use the call number to find the book on the shelf and bring it to the Circulation Desk on the 1st Floor to check it out.  See information about borrowing privileges on our website.  Be sure to ask a librarian if you have trouble finding your book.

Ebook Collections

While all of our ebooks are also in Find It, you may want to browse in specific ebook databases.