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It's time to locate what you need.


Format is Important!

When it comes to locating items, you'll need to pay special attention to the format of the desired source.

Formats that you might encounter include DVDs, videotapes, printed books and articles in journals, magazines, or newspapers. These items are scattered across many libraries, collections, databases, and shelves — both online and offline.


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If the location of a particular item is unclear, a librarian can help direct you.


Two Types of Items We Will Discuss

Two formats you will often encounter when trying to locate items are books and articles. When trying to find books, you will use the library catalog. When trying to locate articles, you will use the library databases.


Let's start by looking at locating books...


Citations for Books Look Like This:

In order to locate this book, you will need to note the Location and Call Number.


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The book citation provides you the information you need in order to locate the book. The citation also includes