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WR121 Kelley: Using Library Search to Explore Topics

Try This....

  1. Do a search for Space Exploration.
  2. Find an article, follow the "view it" links to read full text online.
  3. Find a book in print at Chemeketa. Find the call number. Use the "Virtual Browse" to see what else is on the shelf.
  4. Find a book owned by one of our Alliance partner libraries. Use the "Get it" link to see the Summit order form.
  5. Find an eBook and follow the "View it" link. 
  6. Narrow by topic on the left. Collect useful search terms
  7. Go to Advanced Search and search for Space Exploration and one other subject term

Library Search

Use this search box to find library materials on your subject.

 

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 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

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 library search screen showing summit request link

  • Any item in the library search results that says Check holdings and has a yellow dot is a potential Summit request.
  • Click the Get It tab.
  • The Request Summit item link will display if there is at least one copy on the shelf in a Summit library.
  • Click the link to start a request.
  •  You will have to choose a pickup location (Salem or Yamhill campus).
  •  If the item has multiple volumes, specify which one you want.

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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