To find items owned by the library, search LUCIA. Try Title begins with, Author, Subject begins with or Keyword Anywhere searching. Subject begins with and Keyword Anywhere may be particularly useful for your research. For advanced research you should consult the Library of Congress Subject Headings, or LCSH, a guide to the terms commonly used in catalogs like ours. The LCSH can be found on the shelves behind the reference desk on the first floor of the library or online from the Library of Congress.
Books are arranged on the library's shelves by Library of Congress Classification. This is a system which organizes materials by general subjects. Once you have a call number from searching LUCIA, see this guide to call number locations at Mudd and the library floor maps to find out where a book might be on the shelves.
Search LUCIA for materials in our library; try WorldCat to find materials beyond the Mudd. Make sure you've thoroughly searched our library before going to WorldCat. See a reference librarian if you need help.
The best index to use will depend on your topic. Be sure to check the Electronic Resources page for other options.
Once you have a citation for an article on your topic, try using the button. If you don't find it, you can submit a request for interlibrary loan (ILL) of a copy of the article: ILL takes about 7-10 days, so plan ahead. See the library's Interlibrary Loan page for more information.
Don't forget that the library still receives a significant number of publications in paper; these are housed on Level A (between the first and second floors of the library). You will want to search the library catalog for the title of the journal (not the title of the article) to see if the library owns the volume you need.
Databases for Articles and More
These include citations and some full text of materials from a broad variety of fields. Some provide full text of materials. Topics covered include literature, history, current news articles, and reviews of books and motion pictures.
Citation indexes allow you to search for articles and books using keywords, but more importantly they help you find out how often and where particular works have been cited in other authors' bibliographies.
Credo Reference lets you search for concepts by keyword. It searches such titles as this one, the Concise Encyclopedia of Sociolinguistics
Citation and Annotation
About Interlibrary Loan
Interlibrary Loan is a service that provides access to materials needed for academic research that are not accessible through the Seeley G. Mudd Library. This service is available to all students, staff, and faculty of the Lawrence University community at no charge.
Log in here to your Interlibrary Loan account with your Lawrence University username and password.