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Finding Books

To find books, select the Books & More tab from our library website.


Here are some basic tips for searching library catalogs:

-- Whenever possible, use Advanced Search because it allows you to control how your topic is searched.  The default CAMEO search is a keyword search; to build a more specific search, use the advanced search option.  If you want tips for how to build searches, see the CAMEO Help with Search Operators page.  These tips work in other library catalogs as well.

-- Search by subject and combine with other fields.  Here are some examples:

  • Vampires (as subject)
  • Vampires in literature (as subject)
  • History and criticism (as subject) AND vampires (as subject)
  • Vampire films (as Subject) AND Horror

-- View the full-record and note of the subject headings used in a catalog, usually listed as "Subjects".

This is an example of a record:

NOTE:  Some times a record would have only one subject heading, but if you click on the subject heading, you will be able to browse other books that will lead to more subject headings.

Important: Once you find a book you think you would like, note the location and the call number.  You will need both of these pieces of information to locate the book.


Still can't find what you need?

If you are looking for a book that we do not own, try the following:

  1. Check the University of Pittsburgh's Catalog PITTCat+: you are able to borrow books by getting a borrowing card (you'll need a valid CMU ID card). 
  2. Check E-Z Borrowgives you access to books from libraries in Pennsylvania.  You'll need your Andrew ID number, which is the second set of numbers on the bottom of your CMU ID card.
  3. Check Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (public library).  You can get a library card for free.  You'll need a proof of your current address.

You can also check other local library catlogs (see list).


Finding Articles

Selecting the appropriate databases is difficult, since many are multi-disciplinary. The best approach is to think of relevant subject guides to your topic and check there for database suggestions. 

In general, the following databases are good starting places for relevant information on gender, media and representation:

a.  Academic OneFile - Full text articles covering the sciences, technology, medicine, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects.

b. JSTOR - Articles in important academic journals; all disciplines; latest few years not available.

Other specialized databases:

a.  Literature Resource Center - a comprehensive resource for research on literary topics, authors, and their works, covering all genres.

b.  MLA International Bibliography - Citations to critical research of language, literature, and folkore for all periods beginning with the Middle Ages.


(note:  If you cannot locate the journals in our libraries or databases (e-journals), you can always get them via Interlibrary Loan; also if you are off-campus or using a wireless connection, you need  to make sure you are authenticated via AnyConnect (see Off-Campus/Wireless Access).

Suggested Books

Suggested Articles from Academic OneFile (EBSCO)

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