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WR121 Rupert: Justice: Using Library Search to Explore Topics

A guide for Jill Rupert's WR 121 class with theme Justice

Try This....

(Row Number One) Do an Advanced Search for author = Ta-Nehisi Coates then follow the "View It" links to find the full text of an article. Email the article to yourself.

(Row Number Two) Do an Advanced Search for title = One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest . What is the call number for Chemeketa's copy? Find a secondary source, something written about One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. What is the title and who is the author?

(Row Number Three) Do an Advanced Search for title = The New Jim Crow : Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Does Chemeketa have a copy? Is it available? Click on "Get It" to see which of our partner libraries own it and to see the request form.  

(Row Number Four) Do a search for Emancipation Proclamation. Limit your results to "full text" then limit your results to "reference entry." Follow the "view it" links to see a reference entry for Emancipation Proclamation. 

(Row Number Five) Do a search for Sentencing guidelines and justice. Scan the list of results and identify one potentially helpful source. On the left, under Topic, click on More Options. From the topic list, note keywords that may be helpful as you continue searching. 

Primo Library Search

Library Search - Find books, articles, media, & more

Finding Books on the Shelf (Call Numbers)

  • Our library uses the Dewey Decimal System to arrange books on the shelves 
  • Each book is assigned a decimal number that represents its subject 
  • There can be many books with the same decimal number

Picture of call number label

  • A second part of the call number is used to arrange books that have the same decimal number
  • Typically that line represents the author's name
  • Books shelved in special areas of the library have a tag that represents the area at the top of the call number 

In the example pictured, after locating the Reference shelves of the library, read the decimal number first, then the next line.  This call number represents a dictionary of English rhymes by an author named  Upton.

Using the Primo Library Search

This short video will show you how to use Library Search to discover books and articles in print and full text online at Chemeketa and many other libraries.


Summit is the system used to request books and other items from 38 college and university libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. You must be logged into the library search to see Summit links.

picture of arrowTip: Use all lowercase letters for your My Chemeketa login name.

picture of a book title in the result list with a check holdings link

  • Any item in the library search results that says Check holdings is a potential Summit request.
  • Click the Check holdings link.
  • The Place Summit Request link will display if there is at least one copy on the shelf in a Summit library. (Remmber, you won't see if if you're not logged in.)
  • Click the link to start a request.
  •  You will have to choose a pickup location (Salem or Yamhill campus, or Woodburn Public Library).
  •  If the item has multiple volumes, specify which one you want.
  • Click the Request button.

Please note that an item that is on the shelf is not always requestable. Check your My Chemeketa e-mail for news about your request.

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