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Research guide for general history resources

Finding and Getting Books

The Reed Library Catalog search box includes content from the Reed library catalog, Summit (the Pacific Northwest libraries' shared catalog) and many article databases. Note that not all of the articles and content that we have access to is discoverable in the catalog search alone. 
Start with a keyword search then use the "facets" on the left side of the screen to make your search more relevant.
  • Look for subject links, important clues to relevant search terms that the catalog uses for your topic. These will lead you to more comprehensive search results.
  • Use the information in the detailed record to help you decide if the book will be useful. This includes book reviews and cover art.

Getting the books you find:

If you need help finding the location of a book in the Reed Library, ask for assistance at the Reference Desk or Circulation Desk. We are here to help! If you prefer finding things on your own, the library map will help.

If you need a book that is already checked out, you can order another copy from Summit (if available) or place a hold on it at the Circulation Desk. If you need it sooner than its due date and it has been on loan for at least two weeks, you may request its recall by emailing or dropping by the Circulation Desk.