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Tutorials: Finding Books

Learn how to use library resources, do research and more!

Books from Foley

If you are looking for a particular book, the fastest way to find it is with a title browse search.

1. On the library homepage, select Browse Search.

Image of the Foley search box with the "Browse Search" button circled

2. Select a List to Browse from the drop down menu, select Title.

3. Type the beginning of the title of the book and hit enter.

A browse search is not quite like a normal search. It will pull up the exact result and anything near it alphabetically in the browse list. What it won't do is show you search results that are close to, but not quite, what you searched for. The best method for finding a title is to type the first three or four words of the title exactly and see what comes up.

A note about articles (the grammar kind, not the journal kind!):

If your title starts with A, AN, or THE, leave the article off and start with the next word. For instance, instead of The Lord of the Rings search for Lord of the Rings.

THIS and THAT are always included in the title, i.e. That Hideous Strength would be found by searching for That Hideous Strength, not Hideous Strength.

  • You are responsible for return postage.
  • Package books to avoid damage - use the same box or envelope they came in if it's in good condition.
  • If it's close to the due date, send an email to ill@gonzaga.edu to let us know the books are on their way.
  • If you know you will be coming to campus and would prefer to return the books at that time, let us know: ill@gonzaga.edu.
  • A yellow return address label is included when we send the books to you. You can also print the label provided here.
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Getting Books from Other Libraries

When to use Interlibrary Loan (ILL):

  • Foley Library doesn't have a book you need for your research
  • Foley Library can't supply an article you need and you have already checked for the journal/issue/date in Periodicals@Foley.
  • You are a faculty member or graduate student and the article you need is in the print collection in the library.

To Request Books From Other Libraries:

  • Go to the library homepage
  • Select WorldCat and search for the item(s).
  • Use the Request via Interlibrary Loan option within a book's record to place a request.

Interlibrary Loan link in a WorldCat Record

ILL Facts and Tips

ALLOW PLENTY OF TIME - Ordering a book through Interlibrary Loan is not an option for "last minute" research. The lending library mails the book to Foley Library and then we check it out to you. That takes time.

BE VERY SELECTIVE - Please limit your interlibrary loan requests to items you can truly use in your research. The library is happy to provide this service free of charge to current students, but it can be expensive for us, so please use it judiciously. 

LENDING LIBRARIES CALL THE SHOTS - Books we get for you through interlibrary loan (ILL) are subject to the policies of the lending institution.  While most ILL books come with a 4-week loan period, the loan periods may be shorter and renewals are always at the discretion of the lending library. Please give "ILL books" your immediate attention when they arrive so you will be prepared to return them on time.  Overdue charges and lost/damaged fees do apply.

IF A BOOK ARRIVES IN THE MAIL ON (OR AFTER) THE DUE DATE -  This does happen on occasion. Contact us immediately if it happens to you! We will renew the book and do our best to get you more time from the lending library.  Phone numbers: 509-313-3824 / 800-498-5941 or e-mail ill@gonzaga.edu

ILL HOMEPAGE: researchguides.gonzaga.edu/ILL

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eBooks & Audiobooks

 

Search Foley's eBook & Audiobook databases

Foley has databases that specialize in providing eBooks and audiobooks, including: