CONDUCTING LIBRARY RESEARCH:  Locating Library Materials

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Once you've done your searching in the online catalog and various print and electronic indexes, you still need to locate the materials you have identified.  (Lucky you if even a small percentage of what you discovered was available online!)  Some of this has been covered in earlier sections, but here is a brief sketch of how to get the sources into your hands.

Books in the Penn State University Libraries

  1. In The CAT, click the Detail button to view the Single Item Display record.  At the bottom of the record, the Shelf Location tells you which library (e.g. Pattee, Paterno, Univ. Archives, Altoona, etc.) houses the book and where the book is located in that library (e.g. Reference Collection, Stacks 1A, 5th Floor, etc.).

                                            Material    Shelf Location

Call Number for: UP-PAT                   

1)  N72.F45G46 1996        BOOK       Pattee, West Wing - 3rd Floor

  1. If there is a due date listed under Shelf Location, this means that the book is checked out (use the “I Want It” button to recall).
  2. For books in the Pattee and Paterno Libraries, the beginning of the call number (BF, HQ, LB, NA) is the key to determining where the book will be found. 
  3. If you cannot find a book where it should be, look around the shelves to see if it has been misshelved or has fallen behind the shelves, and check around the photocopiers and the sorting areas to see if the book is waiting to be reshelved.

Books Not Owned by the Penn State University Libraries

  1. Fill out an Interlibrary Loan book request form. You need the author, title, publisher and date of publication.
  2. If you identify the book in WorldCat or another FirstSearch database, you may submit an Interlibrary Loan request from the book record page.
  3. Also in FirstSearch, you may view a list of libraries that own the book, which may come in handy if you are planning to travel to the location of a holding library for additional research.

Articles in the Penn State University Libraries

  1. You need the title and the volume/issue/date of the journal in which the article appears.
  2. To determine whether the University Libraries own the journal, do a Browse search for the journal title in The CAT.
  3. If the Libraries own the journal, view the Single Item Display to make sure that the volume/issue/date you need is available.

Location:                 PATTEE-W3 --- Call no.: N81 .J63

Summary holdings:     v.1 1983-To Date. Current Issues in UP-ARTSHUM (PERIOD-AH)

  1. Bound volumes of journals are shelved separately from unbound current issues.  In the libraries in the Pattee and Paterno buildings, bound volumes are interfiled with books by call number, but some of the branch libraries have separate periodicals sections in which journals are shelved alphabetically.  To access bound volumes or photocopies of articles in journals stored in one of the annexes, fill out the Annex Request Form and the requested materials will be delivered to the designated location within 48 hours.
  2. To find out whether the Libraries have an electronic subscription to a particular journal, search for e-journals by title.  If electronic access is available, the title of the journal will be listed along with the name of the journal package, the dates of coverage, and a link to the appropriate database.  You will then have to search the database for the publication and article you need.

Articles in Journals Not Owned by the Penn State University Libraries

  1. If your search in The CAT indicates that the Libraries do not own the journal, fill out an Interlibrary Loan article request form.  You will need the title of the journal, author, title of the article, volume/issue number, date of the issue, and pages.
  2.  If you discover the article in a FirstSearch database, you may submit an Interlibrary Loan request from the article record page. 
  3. Also in FirstSearch, you may view a list of libraries that own the journal which may come in handy if you are planning to travel to the location of a holding library for additional research.

Borrowing Other Library Materials through ILL

Libraries often have restrictions on the kinds of items they will loan through Interlibrary Loan.   Items which cannot ordinarily be obtained include entire volumes of periodicals, reference books, very old or rare books, computer software, manuscripts, theses/dissertations (these often may be purchased from UMI), and audiovisual items.


Practice Activities

1.  Which library and on which level would each of these books be found?

Curriculum, Culture, and Art Education.  Call No.:  N85.C88 1998

The Arts in Early Childhood.  Call No.:   LB1591.A77 1991

Imagining Women: Cultural Representations and Gender.  Call No.:  HQ1397.I42 1992

Art, Education, and the Democratic Commitment.  Call No.:  NX720.S33 2000

2.  Look up these journal titles in The CAT and determine where the volume/issues specified are located.

American Artist           1950 issues

Ms Magazine              1994 issues