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Rachel McMullin
F.H. Green Library, Room 209

Why books?

I always encourage the use of books in ENG 295 classes, because they tend to give you the right level of historical background for what you need.  History journal articles are usually on extremely narrow and focused topics, while history books provide overviews of broader topics.

Step 1: Ebooks

Given that we are all working remotely for the rest of the semester, starting with ebooks is going to be fastest and easiest. 

Before you start searching-- take a moment to lock the 3 limits I set into place (so they don't come undone).  Find them at the top of the left-hand column.  Hover over each until each until the padlock icon appears, then click it.  When you are done, all three should show a closed blue padlock.

  • From there, you can easily adjust the search to be more specific.  For instance, here I added jazz to narrow results down to that genre.

  • Or you could search for a specific artist, musician, author, etc.  Here, I searched for books/chapters on sculptor Augusta Savage.


Step 2:  Print Books

If you need a book that we only own in print, we will mail it to you, but that will take a few days up to a week.  Currently we only have staff entering the library two days a week to do this. We also send a postage paid return envelope with it.

Here is a link to a catalog search that I limited to print books.

Again, take a moment to lock the "available in the library" limiter at the top of the left column by clicking on the padlock icon.

If you find a print book you'd like to have mailed, please email the information about the book to to request it.  It would be extremely helpful if you could provide them with the permalink to the catalog in the email.

To get a permalink:

  • click on the title of the book
  • on the page that appears, click permalink to make it appear

Books we don't own

Many universities and libraries across the country are facing the same circumstances as us, with extremely limited access to their physical collections.  The EZ-Borrow system that we usually use for books is shutting down starting Friday, March 20.  If you are really desperate to get you hands on a book we don't own, please email me directly at to discuss options.

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