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Finding Books

Depending on your discipline of study, books can play a vital role in the information gathering processSpecific types of books are important in finding background information about your topic.  These include:

Other books that are more narrative in nature provide a broader context of specific topics that helps you gain a “big picture” perspective. 

To find books in the JKM library, use the Books & More tab on the library homepage and enter your search terms.  Keeping your search terms simple and direct will usually yield the most relevant results. For example: women's social history, protestant reformation, climate change, autism.  

Once you click on a relevant title, look at the location for the floor the book is on and record the call number. You will also want to check the status to make sure it is available before you look for it.


If you need a book that is not in the library’s collection, you can request it through E-Z Borrow. Login to E-Z Borrow using the E-Z Borrow button on the library homepage. Once logged in, type in the title of the book you need, and E-Z Borrow will search for it.

From the result list click on the title that matches your need.  A screen that lists the libraries that have the book will appear.  If the book is able to be requested, you will see a prompt to request it.  Simply click on the Request button, and your request will be sent.  Your book will arrive at the Jennie King Mellon Library in 2-5 business days, and you will receive an e-mail notification when it is available for pick-up.

If the title you need is not available through E-Z Borrow, you can use the library's ILLiad service to request it.  Login to your ILLiad account and under the New Request menu, choose Book/Media.  You will be notified via e-mail when the book has arrived and is ready to be checked out.

The JKM Library has access to a large collection of e-books through two databases, Ebrary and the EBSCO Ebook Collection. To access the database, follow the Databases A-Z link and find either the Ebrary and/ore the EBSCO Ebook Collection link.  If you have a specific title or topic in mind, enter your terms in the search box.  If you just want to browse, use the Browse by Category menu and choose a subject.

E-books can be downloaded or read within the database.  To download ebooks, you need to first create a personal account with EBSCO or Ebrary and also have Adobe Digital Editions running on your computer.  Consult this guide for further information on viewing and downloading e-books. There is no limit to how many times you can download a title or on simultaneous usage of a title.

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