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Dartmouth College Library Research Guides

Getting Started with Library Research

getting started with the Dartmouth College Library



You can use Summon to find books, articles, and media from the Library's collections.

Using Summon from off-campus? You'll need the VPN to access full-text.

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Other Library Catalogs

If you can't find the item you need in Dartmouth's collections, search for books and other materials at other libraries.

  • Search across many library catalogs at once using WorldCat; Worldcat allows you to find books in 9,000+ other libraries from around the world.
  • For more options, look at this list of library catalogs.
  • Request books that Dartmouth doesn't own through Borrow Direct or DartDoc, the Library's interlibrary loan service.

The Library Catalog

The Library Catalog connects you to our collections: books and journals (print and electronic), videos, CDs, maps, manuscripts, scores, sound recordings, and more.

Search the Library Catalog by author, title, subject, or keyword -- examples:

Use catalog help to learn more about using the Library Catalog.

Find out how long you can keep your books, and how to renew them -- online, by email, or by phone.

I found a book in the Library Catalog -- how do I get it?

Search the Library Catalog to find an item's LOCATION, CALL NUMBER, and STATUS.

If an item is at the Storage Library or the Matthews-Fuller Health Sciences Library, use the Request Selected Item button in the catalog record to have it delivered to campus.

The book I need is checked out -- how do I get it?

Has someone already checked out the book you want?

  • Request the book from Borrow Direct.  Most items will arrive at Dartmouth within four working days of your request.
  • Recall the book from the patron who borrowed it.