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EN200 : Library Research Assignment: Finding Books

Locating Books at LNDL

Search the Library Catalog (called Seeker) by keyword, title, author or subject.

Books are organized in the Loyola/Notre Dame Library by call number. View call number locations and floor maps of the library. 

The library catalog is shared with 16 other libraries in University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) consortium, and items from these libraries can be requested online and delivered to LNDL. View our Other Libraries page for a list of USMAI libraries, and visit our USMAI Borrowing page for more information about how to request materials.  

If you are unable to find a particular book listed in the library catalog, you can request it for free through Interlibrary Loan (ILL)Books and other physical items will take about a week to arrive; you will be notified via email when items are ready for pickup. Loan periods and renewals vary according to the lending libraries.

Stacks VS. Reference

When you are using the library catalog, pay attention to the location of each book.

If a book says: Loyola Notre Dame Library Stacks, then the book can be checked out and you'll find it by writing down the call number and using the library map.

If a book says: Loyola Notre Dame Library Reference,
then the book is in our Reference Collection on the 1st floor and cannot be checked out.

What am I looking for?

One book may lead you to many valuable sources. Consult the endnotes, works cited lists, tables of contents and indexes contained in these books to evaluate their contents and discover other helpful works.

Types of Books You'll Find at the Library

What They Include
Monographs Books devoted to a single topic, such as a writer or literary movement, with the same author(s) responsible for all parts of the book
Essay Collections Separate but related essays on periods, movements, themes, etc., usually by different authors, edited into one volume
Annotated Bibliographies Organized lists of citations to books and articles on a topic - such as criticism of an author - including notes beneath each citation
Literary Biographies Books describing the life and work of an author
Anthologies Collections of literary works sharing a period, place, movement, genre, or theme, usually in a single volume

Finding Literary Criticism in Seeker

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