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COMPSTD (Comparative Studies) 2367

Why Choose a Book?

Books may seem like an antiquated way to get information, but you should consider using one when...

1:  your topic is TOO BIG to fit into a journal article
2:  your topic is TOO SMALL to be covered by Wikipedia (or any encyclopedia)
3:  you need comprehensive coverage of a topic (like from a specific date range, or particular audience). 


OSU Library Catalog Search

Connect to OSU Library catalog

Select the search type from the dropdown menu and enter your search words...


Search WorldCat@OSU


What is this searching? WorldCat@OSU searches across 7 key databases for books, articles, and more. More Search Options >>

Locating the Books You Need

You searched the catalog and found this book

Note the location (Thompson 7th Floor), it's call number (K3249 .C36) and status (available).  Remember you can have books delivered between libraries, such as Law, Regional Campuses and the Book Depository.

Searching for Books to Use

Use the OSU Library Catalog to find books.  Just a hint, when you are searching for books, you are really searching a RECORD for a book.  You are searching the titles, tables of contents, and subjects. 


Use Worldcat@OSU to locate books we don't have in our catalog, this is research database that searches many library collections at once, and you would do this after you have tried using our catalog.  You can borrow books we don't have via Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan Borrowing through ILLiad

Request books and other materials not available at OSU or OhioLINK through our ILLiad request system.

Borrowing Materials