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How to Use the Guides

Books and Media

Books and media owned by the APU University Libraries can be found by using the APOLIS online catalog.

Subject Headings and Call Number Ranges

As you have probably already noticed, all the materials in our APU libraries are organized by subject. There are a few subject classification systems used by libraries, and we use the one created by the Library of Congress (LC). The call number found on the spines of our books (the book's "address") correspond to the LC subject areas. Discovering the LC subject areas that are most relevant to your topic can be very rewarding, and will provide you with everything the library has on that particular topic.

In this area of the research guide, you will find many of the most relevant subject headings for the topic. However, it is important to understand that the lists are not exhaustive, and you may discover other useful headings on your own that are not included here. You will also find call number ranges that correspond with the subject headings.

How Do I Use This Information?
  1. You have the choice of clicking on a subject heading link, or a call number range link.
    • The subject heading link will take you to a list of subject headings in the APOLIS2 catalog. Choose the subject heading that was listed in the research guide, or choose another subject heading of interest. Once you click one of these, you will be taken to a list of all items in our libraries that are relevant to that subject heading.
    • The call number range link will take you to a list of library items in order by call number. The first item in the list will correspond to the call number at the beginning of the range.
  2. Jot down the library location and call number of the items you'd like, and either go to the library to get them or request them through our online article request form.
Search Tip

Note other subject headings in the "Subject" section of the record (see below) – click on the headings of interest to obtain a list of everything the libraries have that are relevant to that heading.

Example Record from APOLIS Library Catalog:
Record from APOLIS library catalog

Books

The books listed in this area of the research guide are those which are considered to be important and authoritative, and are cited often and used by experts in the field. Without considering these books, your research would be incomplete. Be sure to look through them for bibliographies and useful appendices.

How Do I Use This Information?
  1. Click on the link provided – this will take you either to the item record in the APOLIS2 catalog, or the webpage.
  2. If it is a library item, there are several things to note in the record (see the example below). The "Location" section will tell you in which library or libraries the item is located. The "Call No." is what you'll need to locate the item on the shelf once you get to the appropriate library. But before you go, be sure to check the "Status" section to see if the item is available for checkout (as in the example below) – reference materials are never available for checkout, and will always have a "Library Use Only" status.
Record from APOLIS library catalog

Media By Subject

DVDs and other media can be helpful in both personal research, as well as enhancing a class discussion or presentation. All media items are housed in the Media Center, located in the Marshburn Library on the East Campus.

How Do I Use This Information?
  1. Simply click on the subject heading of interest, and you will be taken into the APOLIS catalog to a list of media items.
  2. Jot down the call number of the items you'd like, and then go to the Marshburn Library Media Center to review them and/or check them out.

Subject Bibliographies

Bibliographies are reference tools that refer the researcher to reference works, monographs, and other resources on a particular topic, and can be found at the end of encyclopedia articles, in syllabi, in books, and can actually be entire books themselves. This section includes the last type – that is, entire books that are bibliographies. Most subject bibliographies will include brief annotations, and may also provide other information relevant to the subject.

How Do I Use This Information?
  1. Click on the link provided – this will take you either to the item record in the APOLIS2 catalog, or the webpage.
  2. If it is a library item, there are several things to note in the record (see the example below). The "Location" section will tell you in which library or libraries the item is located. The "Call No." is what you'll need to locate the item on the shelf once you get to the appropriate library. But before you go, be sure to check the "Status" section to see if the item is available for checkout (as in the example below) – reference materials are never available for checkout, and will always have a "Library Use Only" status.
Record from APOLIS library catalog

Resources in Non-APU Libraries

There will be times when you aren't able to find a book that you want in the APU Library collections, or perhaps you can't find enough books. There are definitely a few more places that you can search: LINK+ and WorldCat.

LINK+ is a database that contains the holdings of 40+ libraries in California, which have agreed to cooperate in borrowing and lending books only. Requesting items through LINK+ is free, and items generally come within 2-3 business days. WorldCat is similar to LINK+, but it is much larger. It contains the holdings for hundreds of public and academic libraries worldwide (but mostly in North America). When you find items you want in WorldCat, you must request them through interlibrary loan. This service costs $2.00 per request, and generally takes 7-10 business days.

How Do I Use This Information?
  1. Whether you know the title you want, or are just trying to find books on a particular topic, start with the APOLIS online library catalog. You need to verify that APU doesn't have what you want, or that you've already exhausted APU Libraries' collection.
  2. Next, look in the LINK+ online catalog.
  3. If you still can't find what you're looking for, or need more materials, use the WorldCat database. WorldCat has interlibrary loan forms integrated into the database. Follow these steps for requesting items:
    • Perform a search in WorldCat – this will give you a results list.
    • Click on the title you want to request – now you will be looking at the detailed record for that item.
    • To request the item through interlibrary loan, either click on the "Borrow this item from another library" link in the "Availability" section of the record, or click on the WorldCat ILL button graphic button.
    • Fill out the form and click "Submit" – you will receive notification when your item is available to be picked up (learn more about interlibrary loan).

Written by Michelle Spomer, May 23, 2007