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Screengrab of Henry search demonstrating Advanced Search of Rome in the Note and Subject fields, with the Any of These bullet selected.

  • Search synonyms (ex: Genghis Khan and Chinggis Khan). 

  • Search the notes field, as well as the title and subject fields (see screenshot above).

  • Try our list of E-Books & Online Books.

Need a book the library does not own?

You can request the book through Interlibrary Loan.  Info and a downloadable form are available here!

To search for books available in other libraries, try using

WorldCat -- Search the holdings of more than 10,000 libraries to locate books and identify citation information.


Library of Congress -- Access to the Library of Congress catalog and other online collections.

NOTE: Users do not need to identify a library that owns the book. Simply provide the appropriate information on the form and library staff will do the rest!

Journal Article Databases

Journal articles are very specific. 

  • Finding articles is easier after you have read up on your topic.

Use more than one article database. 

  • No database searches everything.
  • For thorough research, use more than one database and try different search terms.

Need an article that isn't full text? Access the request form below.

Remember, scholarship is international.

You may come across some great articles in which the titles (and thus the articles) are not in English.

So, when you can, it is a good idea to limit your searches to articles in English.