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How to Cite a Book or eBook
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a free service that allows you to request books, videos, and articles from other libraries.
How does it work?
Find the book, video or other article you want. Check to make sure the CSS Library does not have it or have online access to it. Then, fill out an online form.
Here are some tutorials that you may find helpful for using some of the resources on this page.
CSS Library Catalog
Looking for a book to support your research? Try searching the CSS catalog ScholastiCAT!
ScholastiCAT - Use to find books, Masters Projects & Theses, videos, and other materials owned by the CSS Library.
Instructions - Step-by-step instructions for searching ScholastiCAT.
Other Academic Library Catalogs
Can't find what you are looking for in the CSS Library? Try searching the following library catalogs:
MnPALS System - Library consortium, which CSS is a member. Includes many of the private and public libraries in the state of Minnesota.
University of Minnesota - The library catalog for the University of Minnesota.
I found something in one of these other catalogs. Now what?
Any books and other materials that you find can be requested through Interlibrary loan.
WorldCat is a large library catalog that include information from many libraries throughout the United States and 13 other countries. NOTE: You will need to login to this catalog using your Novell user name and password, which is the same user name and password you use to access your CSS email, WebCT courses, or login to the computers in the labs on the main campus.
The Reference Collection has a variety of different sources that can help you with your research project. The most common types of sources include directories, handbooks, dictionaries, almanacs, and encyclopedias. Each source has a specific function and contains different information.
What kind of information will you find in each of these sources?
- Dictionaries - use to find the correct spellings of words and their meanings.
- Directories - use to find information about organizations, their address, phone numbers, and key personnel.
- Almanacs - use to find statistics, figures, tables, and facts on specific areas or topics.
- Atlases - use to find maps and other geographical information including statistics, dates, physical features, etc.
- Handbooks - use to locate concise data on a specialized topic. Examples of data include statistics, instructions, procedures, etc.
- Encyclopedias (both specific and subject specific) - are great places to background information on your topic. Other information you will find include: important dates, authorities on your topic, bibiliographies, and key terminology.