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Rachel McMullin
F.H. Green Library, Room 209

Through the library catalog

Through the library catalog

Both our huge ebook collections and our print collections can be searched together in our library catalog, which is embedded into the Library Search tool (search box on the library home page).  The search box below searches just the catalog.

Library catalog search box


Videos on using the catalog

Here are a couple of specialized videos on using the catalog


Oxford University Press collections

We have access to two great book packages of ebooks from Oxford University Press.  While they can be found through the catalog, they can also be searched and browsed directly through the links below.

From outside WCU Libraries

It never hurts to search for books that don't appear in the WCU library systems.  Here are a number of different choices.  If you find a book we don't own, use the EZBorrow system to request it from another library.

  • Google books
    • pros: familiar interface; best for book previews; often has full text of pre-1923 books (out of copyright); links to Worldcat (Find in a Library feature)
    • cons:  does not use subject headings; lots of non-scholarly books show up
    • pros:  really large catalog of catalogs, including tons of older books; easy to see how widely held a book is; uses subject headings
    • cons:  the search interface is kind of terrible; often multiple, slightly different entries for a book or for different editions of  a book
    • pros:  familiar interface; will often give book previews/show table of contents
    • cons:  has an advanced search, but it isn't that good; does not use subject heading; lots of non-scholarly books show up
  • Catalog of another university.  Most academic libraries still allow their catalogs to be searched by anyone.  So you can take a subject heading you found in the WCU catalog and try it in the catalog of a bigger and/or wealthier university (Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, UC-Berkele, etc.).
    • pros:  subject heading searching; less messy than WorldCat
    • cons:  unfamiliar interface, no way to quick check if WCU libraries own the book.
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