Librarians can assist you with your research, including locating the right citation, database, or book; creating research plans; and learning how to use online or print research resources. Stop by the Ask Here desk and ask to speak with a librarian, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions or to make an appointment. A librarian is generally in the building 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. M-F, but we are available other times by appointment.
The library's website also has resources to help you with your research.
OneSource is a way to search the Hiram College Library catalog, the OhioLINK catalog, and many of the library’s databases with a single search. OneSource employs a single search box, much like Google, to search multiple resources. OneSource may miss the most recent entries in a database, especially the Hiram College Library catalog.
Since terminology tends to vary across different disciplines, most researchers use a keyword search when using a resource like OneSource. While a keyword search will return a large number of varying results (like Google), you can limit these results after it’s completed using the filter options on the left hand side of the page. Happy searching!
Please contact library staff for help with narrowing your search to find the materials you want.
Our catalog lists books, CDs, DVDs, journals (but not individual articles within journals), government documents, and microforms. If you are not sure how to search for materials in the catalog, see the Discovering Materials in our Catalog below.
Need to know how to find it on the shelf? Try this: Track Down Your Book .
Search strategies for finding materials in our Catalog
This search looks for matching documents that contain one or more words specified by the you anywhere in the catalog. It is good for finding the largest possible return. However it can also result in materials that have nothing to do with your subject.
In the library catalog, select "Subject" in the drop down box to the left of the search field, then type in the box: Baseball (or, more specialized terms, such as: planetary motion; armadillo diseases; etc.).
The "*" is a truncation symbol that will retrieve various forms of each word, for example, use regulat* to find results like regulation, regulatory, regulators. The "and" will require that both terms appear, but not necessarily in the same phrase.
Title or Author Searches
In the library catalog, choose "Title" to locate a specific work or, choose "Author" to find books written by a particular author.
Find Books in the Juvenile Collection
How it is Arranged?
The Juvenile Collection (also known as the Kids Books or the Children’s Collection) is actually two collections in one. What they have in common is:
The two collections are called:
Juvenile, which is the location given in the brief catalog record below:
The Juvenile collections contains non-fiction books, such a books about animals, biographies, as well as counting books and alphabet books. It is arranged by Dewey Decimal call numbers.
Juvenile Fiction, which is the location given in the brief catalog record below:
|JUVENILE FICTION||JF Se81b 2011||AVAILABLE|
The Juvenile Fiction contains what its name suggests, fiction. It is arranged alphabetically by the author’s last name.
How Do I Find Juvenile Books in the Online Catalog?
There are three tricks to finding fiction books (and sometimes non-fiction books) using the catalog. Let’s suppose you are looking for books on frogs. Here are two ways to find juvenile books on frogs:
Go to the Database A-Z List to sort databases by subject and other categories and see full descriptions of each database.
A library database is a searchable electronic index of published, reliable resources. Databases provide access to a wealth of useful research materials from academic journals, newspapers, and magazines. While there are some databases that are good for general research inquiries, many databases are subject specific, providing targeted information in selected areas of research. Some databases also include e-books, relevant Web resources, and various multimedia.
Library databases are different from internet sources. To access the databases provided by the Hiram College Library, you'll need to either be on campus on the Hiram College network, or you'll need to sign in when accessing from off campus.
If you know the database you're looking for, jump directly to it from the list here:
Use this search bar to look for databases by keyword:
Here is a list of the most commonly used databases in Hiram's collection:
You do not need to submit an interlibrary loan request to have a book from OhioLINK sent to the Hiram College Library. You can request materials on your own with your library barcode number. For help with requesting a book through OhioLINK, please contact our staff:
Materials take 3 to 5 business days (or sometimes longer) to arrive.
You will be notified by email when your materials arrive.
Books not picked up after 10 days are automatically returned.
Requests are blocked if:
You can check the status of your requests by checking your library account.
You do not need to submit an interlibrary loan request to have a book from SearchOhio sent to the Hiram College Library. You can request materials on your own with your library barcode number. For help with requesting a book through SearchOhio, please contact our staff:
You will be prompted to login to the EJC when accessing from off campus. See Connecting from Off Campus for help with logging in.
You will be prompted to login to the EBC when accessing from off campus. See Connecting from Off Campus for help with logging in.
The WorldCat Catalog
Search WorldCat if you have exhausted other options for locating the items you need (Hiram's Library Catalog, OhioLink/SearchOhio, OneSource, etc.). WorldCat is the world's largest network of library content and services. Currently, this shared catalog contains the collections of 72,000 libraries in 170 countries and territories.
The time required to locate and obtain these materials can vary so please be proactive in your research. When in doubt please visit the library and talk to our librarians for help.
The easiest way to locate a particular journal or magazine is to use the search box above.
What does using this search help you with?
What does this search NOT help you with?
Some issues that you may encounter when looking for Journals & Magazines.
Sometimes, professors put required textbooks as well as other course materials on course reserve. These items typically have a two hour checkout period to allow lots of students access to them.
To see what materials a professor has placed on reserve, visit the Ask Here Desk or search the library catalog.
A valid Hiram ID is all that is needed to check out course reserves.
Need to find an online journal article? These databases cover a wide range of subjects and can be a good place to start a journal article search.
Hiram College Library has hundreds of online resources for a variety of subjects. Use the "Ways to Search Box" to select a database by subject or go directly to the A-Z list of databases. Off-campus users will be prompted to login with their Hiram username and password to authenticate their access.