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Graduate English Research Guide

This guide is intended to assist graduate level research. It does not contain absolutely everything you will ever need to know, but it's a good start.

Accessing the Library Catalog

You can find books, ebooks, media, periodicals, reserve items, microforms, and other items in the library catalog.

You can access the catalog through the Library's homepage and click on the "Books & Media" tab. 

You can do this from home as well as anywhere on campus with a computer.

Click on Advanced Search to see more search options.

Screenshot of Books & Media Tab



Subject finds books ABOUT a particular topic.

  • Search Author Last Name, First Name to find biographies, criticism in general, books the author has written

Keyword only matches the words you entered to the record.

  • Google looks for your keywords in the website, and sometimes those websites aren't what you need. The catalog does the same except it's not searching the whole book; just the record about the book.

Use EXACT Search to see a more specific list about your topic.


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