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HIS 342: United States History from 1968-2001

Where to Start Your Book Search

There are two main places to start your search for books. Each has a different specialty and scope.


For a broader but less precise search, try the tools below.

Finding Books

Search the URI Libraries Search or WorldCat for likely terms and look closely at your results. You will want to determine whether the results you have found use the exact search terms you used, or whether they use synonyms. If you find synonyms, try subsequent searches using those terms to find additional items.

If you find something that looks interesting, and you want to see similar results, click on the Subjects – this will take you to other books on the same topic.

Screenshot of catalog result - Subject Headings are links at the bottom of the page 

If it's in WorldCat (or a Database), but not available locally...

For these items, you'll need to use Interlibrary Loan, a free service that locates books and articles in other libraries and brings them to URI for you.

For books, delivery can take up to a month, so it's wise to start your research early enough to allow for delivery. Articles take approximately 1 week.

Once you've identified what you need, fill out the appropriate Interlibrary Loan form for what you're requesting. Articles are usually delivered via email. If you requested a book. you'll receive an email when the item is ready for pick up at the Circulation Desk.

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