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Boatwright Memorial Library

FYS 100 (27): Shapes of Desire: Love Poetry: Finding Background on Poets and Poems

Finding Books

To search for books in Boatwright, use the Library Catalog . When dealing with a topic that can be used in many fields it is best to add a second word that describes your area of interest,  for example, "sex" and "poetry".  Start with a keyword search and when you have found one or two relevant books, examine their subjects headings to help guide further searching,   Remember that books are generally on broad topics and that you are not searching the full text, only the titles, subject headings, and--if you're lucky--the table of contents.

If you are looking for information on a person, you should first use that person's name in a keyword search.  However, many books will have information on persons that is not evident from the information in the catalog.  To find these books, look for books on the area of endeavor or historical events in which your person of interest was involved.

To search for books that are at other libraries, but not necessarily at UR, use WorldCat, which includes books we can borrow for you if we don't have them.

To identify useful ebooks books by searching their full texts, use OneSearch and limit your search to book/ebook Content Type (in lefthand bar). Unlike the catalog, OneSearch can search the full-text of our electronic books.

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