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How to use the Library: Getting Started

Finding a book in the Stacks in Rush Rhees

What is a call number?

A call number is a unique number assigned to books and other cataloged materials to help locate them on the shelves.

The video above will let you know how to use this to find the items you need. You can always stop by the Rush Rhees Q&i desk if you would like some hands-on help!

Search Articles & Books and WorldCat

Articles, Books & More is a good place to start a general search to determine what's available for a given topic. You can use keywords, author name, or any other information to start. 


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Course Reserve

Your textbook might be held on Course Reserve! Don't you love not having to pay for required readings?  

Follow the link for circulation information and head to Rush Rhees Q&i to check out reserve items!

Connect with River Campus Libraries

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Discover your librarian by area of study

Find a Research Guide

Research Guides can get you started with resources specific to your subject.

Select a subject from the list to take a look!

Interested in joining a study group?

Head here for information on connecting with your classmates.