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Getting Started with Library Research: Finding Books and More

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.