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Books

Find a book by title

Step 1

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Step 2

  • In the Index: drop-down menu below the search box, select Title begins with...(skip a/an/the)
  • In the search box, type the title.
    • Punctuation and capitalization are not necessary.
  • Click Search.

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Step 3

  • Click on the Entry link for the item you want.
    • If you do not recognize your title in the list of results, use other information about your book such as the author or publication date to help you select.

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Step 4

  • Write down the book's location and call number.
    • Write down the complete call number. You will need all this information to find the book on the shelf.
    • Be sure to click the Location link to see a map of where the item is shelved.

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Step 5

If the book is listed as in Remote Stacks (Library Annex):

  • Click on “Detail Holdings/Retrieval Requests”

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  • Click on the “Request” link

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  • You will be asked to sign in with your TCU username and password. Next, you will be provided with the information about the book you have requested and the expected time of delivery from the annex.  If you wish to place your request, click “Place Request”.  If not, click the “Back” Button

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  • Your book will arrive at the Access/Circulation desk at the TCU Library.  You will receive an email notification when it arrives and is ready to be checked out.

Questions? Ask a Librarian!

Find books by author

STEP 1

TCU Library website catalog access image

Step 2

  • In the Index drop menu next to the search box, select Author (last name first).
  • In the search box, type in the author's name.
    • Type in the author's last name, followed by her/his first name.
    • Punctuation and capitalization are not necessary.

Click Search.

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Step 3

Click on the Entry link that best matches your author.TCU Library Catalog author search image

Step 4

  • Browse for and then click on the link for the title you need.
  • Write down the book's location and call number.
    • Write down the complete call number. You will need all this information to find the book on the shelf.
    • Be sure to click the Location link to see a map of where the item is shelved.

TCU Library Catalog author search image

Step 5

If the book is listed as in Remote Stacks (Library Annex):

  • Click on “Detail Holdings/Retrieval Requests”

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  • Click on the “Request” link

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  • You will be provided with the information about the book you have requested and the expected time of delivery from the annex.  If you wish to place your request, click “Place Request”.  If not, click the “Back” Button

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  • Your book will arrive at the Access/Circulation desk at the TCU Library.  You will receive an email notification when it arrives and is ready to be checked out.

Questions? Ask a Librarian!

 

Find a book by topic

Step 1

TCU Library Catalog topic search image

 

Step 2

  • Leave Words anywhere as the default in the drop down menu below the search box.
  • In the search box, type in the key concept(s) you are looking for.
    • If your concept has multiple words, type AND between your terms.
    • If your concept is a phrase, put the "phrase in quotes"

Click Search.

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Step 3

  • Click on Full View of Record for items that best match your topic.
    • If you need more books on your topic, look at the Subjects assigned to this book and click on the one(s) that seem relevant to your topic.
  • Write down the book's location and call number.
    • Write down the complete call number. You will need all this information to find the book on the shelf.
    • Be sure to click the Location link to see a map of where the item is shelved.

TCU Library Catalog topic search image

Step 4

If the book is listed as in Remote Stacks (Library Annex):

  • Click on “Detail Holdings/Retrieval Requests”

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  • Click on the “Request” link

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  • You will be provided with the information about the book you have requested and the expected time of delivery from the annex.  If you wish to place your request, click “Place Request”.  If not, click the “Back” Button

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  • Your book will arrive at the Access/Circulation desk at the TCU Library.  You will receive an email notification when it arrives and is ready to be checked out.

Questions? Ask a Librarian!

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Reviewed 10/13/2014 by Ammie Harrison.


Articles

To find quality articles, use the TCU Library electronic article databases.

  1. Go to http://library.tcu.edu
  2. Click on Research and Tools >> Databases
  3. Here you can browse the databases by subject.
  4. Click on a subject category.
  5. Databases recommended for that subject will display. Best Bets Databases are the databases you want to try first
  6. Click on (More...) to view details about the databases.
  7. Click on the title of a specific database to begin searching.

To find a specific article in hardcopy, use the TCU Library Catalog.

  1. Go to http://library.tcu.edu
  2. Click on Research and Tools >> Catalog
  3. Type in the name of the journal, newspaper, or magazine that your article appears in into the search box.
    Example: ELH
  4. Select Journal name begins with…(skip a/an/the) from the drop menu, and click Search.
  5. Find the entry that matches the publication you need.
  6. Click on that item's Detailed Holdings/Retrieval Request Link
  7. If you need a current periodical, it will be located in the Current Periodical (Reading Room). If the article you are looking for is in a bound periodical, it will be in listed as in the Library Annex. Click on Request link.
  8. Next, you will be asked if you would like the entire volume or if you would like a particular article scanned and sent to you.
  9. If you choose the entire volume, you will be asked to log in and request the volume.
  10. If you choose a particular article, you will be directed to a page to request the article. For the article, you will need to know the author, title, month or issue, and pages of the article you want scanned.
  11. You will receive the scanned article via email

Questions? Ask a Librarian!

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Reviewed 10/13/2014 by Ammie Harrison.


Course reserves

  1. Locate your class in the Course Reserve List. Classes are listed in order by the course description and number, then the title of the class and the professor's name.
    • If your class is not listed, the library may still be processing the items for the course. Please contact Karen Weber or Cheryl Sassman for assistance.
  2. Items placed on in-library reserve by the professor for a specific course can be located:
    • At the reserves at main circulation desk (map).
    • At the Music/Media Library Desk reserves (map)
    • At the A/V Center reserves (map)
  3. Items placed in online reserves will be accessible from a personal computer or in the library computer lab. Your TCU ID number will be requested to access the online reserve items.

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Reviewed 07/16/2014 by Cheryl Sassman.


Government information

United States, Texas and European Union documents (including electronic documents) published after 1976 can be found in the library catalog. Some older materials can be found there as well. These can be searched by title, author, or subject in the same manner one would search for other materials.

The TCU Library also has many documents that are yet to be cataloged. These can be found by SuDoc number, TXDoc number, Library of Congress call number or by using one of the many indexes available to patrons. The Government Information and Reference staffs are always willing to assist. Please contact the Head of Reference, Brenda Barnes, via email or at 817.257.5430. Walk-in help is also available in the Government Information Office or at the IC desk.

The Government Documents collection is housed in several locations within the library. If an item is found in the catalog, the record will indicate where it can be found.

 

Important things to know about Government Information at the TCU Library

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General Information

  • Government documents are available to ANYONE- not just TCU students.
  • Electronic government information sources can be viewed by EVERYONE in the TCU Library.
  • If TCU does not have the government document you are looking for, we can get it from another library. Ask for details in the Government Information office.
  • The Government Information Depository Coordinator is available to assist you in person, by phone, and by e-mail. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

Access to the TCU Library

  • You can come to the TCU Library until 8 pm (7 pm on weekends) and stay until midnight (8 pm on weekends).
  • You must present ID and sign in at the front desk.
  • Parking permits and information are available from the TCU Police department (817.257.7930).

Access to Library Materials and Services

  • Most government documents can be checked out with a TexShare card. You can get this from your public library.
  • ANYONE can look at government documents or electronic resources in the library whether or not they have a card.
  • ANYONE can request government documents from other libraries whether or not they have a card.
  • Items other than government documents may have restrictions. See http://www.lib.tcu.edu/services/visitors.asp.
  • Computing services such as internet, word processing and wireless are not available to the public.

Please contact the Head of Reference & Depository Coordinator for Government Information, Brenda Barnes, via email or at 817.257.5430. Walk-in help is also available in the Government Information Office or at the IC desk (main floor - TCU Library).


 

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Reviewed 01/22/2013 by Brenda Barnes.


Special Collections materials

Use the Advanced Search option to search rare books and archival collections in the online catalog. Enter the search terms in the boxes at the top of the page and select “Special Collections” from the dropdown list in the Collection box.

To access finding aids for archival collections (documents containing information about the creator of the records, a description of the records, and an inventory) through the Special Collections webpage, select the link to “Collections." The finding aids are divided into two groups, manuscript collections and records of the university.

Please contact Special Collections with any questions about locating Special Collections materials.

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Reviewed 2/26/2013 by Special Collections staff.


Statistics

To locate statistics, use the following U.S. Government sites and TCU Library database resources:

FedStats
U.S. Justice Statistics
Proquest Statistical Insight
Census 2000
Census Atlas of the United States
Local Census Data
U.S. Religious Landscape Survey
World Development Indicators

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Reviewed 02/19/2013 by Ammie Harrison.

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