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Library Search - Find books, ebooks, articles, media, & more
Finding Books on the Shelf
- 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
- 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.
Search Terms & Tips
Use the Library Search to find books. Limit your search to books by selecting the E-Books or Print Books resource type under Refine My Results.
- Chemeketa printed books will show as Available, followed by the location and call number
- Chemeketa e-books will show Online Access or Full Text Available. Click the title to view a page with a link to the book
||[time period or style] + "art"
||[technique,medium, etc.] + [place name]
||art Germany 20th century
||[technique, medium, etc.] + [period or style]
||painting 19th century
||"art," "architecture," etc. + [geographic adjective]
||Library of Congress subject heading (Clicking takes you to a site where you can find an appropriate heading.)
Neoclassicism (Art); Art, Abstract
TIP: When using keywords, try truncating: baptis* finds baptism, baptist, baptists, baptistery, etc. (* is the truncation character for the library search).
Summit is the system used to request books and other items from 37 college and university libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. You must be logged into the Primo library search to see Summit links.
Requesting from Summit
Any item in the library search results that says Check holdings is a potential Summit Plus physical item request.
- Click the Check holdings link.
- The Request from Summit Plus link will display if there is at least one copy in a Summit library. (Remember, you won't see it if you're not logged in.)
- Click the link to start a request.
- Summit will automatically check to see if there is a requestable copy
- You will have to choose your home library (Salem or Yamhill campus, Polk Center, or Woodburn Public Library). When the item arrives at the library, we will email you at your college email to inform you.
- If the item has multiple volumes, specify which one you want.
- Click the Request button.
You can check on your your request in your Library Account.
Renewing in Summit
You can renew your Summit book by signing into your library account in Primo or from the Library Account button on the library home page. Note: If the item has been requested by a user of the library that has lent it, renewal will be blocked.
Our MLA Pages
Guide gives examples of various electronic resources to which Chemeketa subscribes.
MLA Handbook by
Call Number: 808.02 G35 2009 and at Reference Desk
Publication Date: 2016
This is the official guide. Tip: Citation information starts on page 19. Also gives format for papers & advice on citing sources in the text of your paper (p.54+).
More MLA Help
Examples of MLA citations for items in Chemeketa electronic databases; links to complete MLA guides
Chemeketa's library search has many electronic books. For information about accessing and using e-books, please see About E-Books.