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Education Resources: Books and E-Books

Finding educational materials including books, articles and websites to help with your research.

Polaris Online Library Catalog

Search Polaris to find books, CDs, DVDs, and videos on your topic.

Enter your search terms in the search box.  To search all the fields, click Anywhere.  To search a single field click Author or Title or Subject. An advanced search will allow you to search by a combination of these fields.

The search results will show you all the titles that matched your search.  You can then click on any title to see more information.  The results will tell you if the book is checked out or if it is on the shelf. 

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Finding Books in the Online Catalog

Is it better to use a keyword search or a subject search?  Both work, but it is usually easier to start with a keyword search.

Keyword Search

  • Use natural language. Type in a word or phrase that describes your topic. For example:
    • Literacy
    • "Emergent literacy"
    • "Educational psychology"
    • "Adolescent psychology"


Subject Search  

  • Can eliminate irrelevant results.  Requires use of the Library of Congress Subject Headings (big red books located at the reference desk).  But you do not need to use these books to determine the correct subject heading for your topic.  Once you find an item in the catalog on your topic using a keyword search, you can click on the full record to see what Library of Congress subject headings are used.  These subject terms are linked in the record.  By clicking on them, you can find other resources in the library on your topic. 





Finding Books at Other Libraries

Look for Books Owned by Other Libraries

If you want to check and see how many other libraries across the nation have the item you are looking for, you can try searching for it in WorldCat.

This will give you an idea of how easy it will be for us to retrieve it for you on Interlibrary Loan. However, you are not required to check WorldCat before requesting an item.

Note that there is a direct link to request an item in our interlibrary loan system (ILLiad) from WorldCat, so it can be a very easy and convenient way to request a book. Just click "Send Request to Iliad" from the details page for the item.

Ebsco E-Books

You can also access Ebsco's collection of full text electronic books by clicking the link below to find additional resources on your topic that are not found in the library's online catalog.

Reference Librarian

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Linda Park
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