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Firelands Library Research Guide: Find Books

This is the basic research guide to help with writing a research paper in any class.

Search the OhioLINK Catalog


Click here for..... The OhioLINK book catalog:

The OhioLINK catalog searches all the member libraries across the state of Ohio. It works the same way as the BGSU Catalog, however, it may find more items when you do a keyword search because it frequently searches the table of contents, not just the book record.

Requests to borrow books from OhioLINK are made online using your username and password (the same information that you use to get on MyBGSU)  

The books may be delivered to any OhioLINK library convenient for you. If you request Firelands, the books will come here for you and we also send them back for you.  You are notified with an email through your BGnet account and we will hold materials for ten days.  You need your BG-One card to pick up material at the library. 

This service is not used to request articles, only books, audiovisual materials (CD's/CD-Roms/Video's/DVD's, etc.).



Searching the BGSU Library Catalog for Books

The BGSU Catalog for books:

Keyword Search

  • With keyword you can search for simply “france” or for (france OR french) or for (france OR french) AND history. 
  • When you do a keyword search the computer searches the entire record so your results will include more information.

Title/Author Search

  • When you search for title or author, your search is limited to just the title field or the author field.  You will get very specific results with this search.

Subject Search 

  •  Requires specific Library of Congress Subject Headings. The words have to be typed in the exact order used by Library of Congress

       Examples of Library of Congress Subject Headings  

"United States History Civil War, 1861-1865"  is used for the American Civil War

 * It helps to start with a keyword search and use the results to determine useful Subject Headings.



We also have many E-Books (Electronic Books) here at BGSU-Firelands. Often times you will come across these in the catalog as electronic resources.  These are not considered online resources, they are just regular books in a different format.  See a list of the E-Book collections below.   

Library Tips

Renew your materials so you won't have fines!!

Click on this link to renew library books and other materials.  You can also renew by phone - 419.372.0739.

Google Books

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