This guide points to library and government resources that will assist you in completing your Signature Assignment for this course.
We're here to help!
Here are some ways to get assistance:
Contact Janet Vogel, your class librarian. I can be contacted by email (email@example.com), or stop by my office in the library next to the elevator on the 1st floor. I typically work M-F 8:30-5:30 and will be glad to help if I'm available. To guarantee I'll be there, please set up an appointment by emailing me in advance.
Contact any of the librarians using firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact the Circulation Desk via phone at (330)569-5489, or in-person for questions related to your account, finding call numbers, etc. The library is open 7 days per week during the school year. Visit our hours page for complete details.
If prompted for a barcode to access library materials, use your student ID number (found on the front of your ID card).
The first time you check out materials at the library, library staff will register the barcode that is on the back of your ID card. You can then use either that number (with no spaces) or your student ID number when prompted for a barcode.
If you have any questions or if there is a problem with your account, please email email@example.com with your name, Hiram Student ID number (on the front of your ID), and the number on the barcode on the back of your ID. We will update your account within 1 business day.
Use a database to locate scholarly articles about your topic.
Academic Search Complete and JSTOR are databases that search for information in all kinds of subjects, while the others in the list are specifically designed to focus on articles and information related to your course topics. Use the tabs at the top of the box to find more resources by type/topic.
You might also use OneSource to search most of Hiram's databases at once. News sources are not included. Contact a librarian to learn more about searching OneSource.
The tutorial video below gives tips for finding newspaper articles in Access World News:
Online Federal Government Resources can include search engines like GovInfo that searches a variety of documents as well as websites for individual agencies (EPA, National Park Service, etc.)
Print Federal Government Documents are housed inside the library and can be searched using the library catalog. On the search page, use the Collections limiter to select "Government Documents" to search only the Government Documents collection. This will search the print collections the library owns as well as selected online documents. If you don't find what you need, try searching the OhioLINK catalog. The State Library of Ohio collects most federal and state government documents.
When searching for resources from local governments, you may wish to locate the website for the village, town, city, or county. Their website should record committee meeting minutes, provide planning documents, and other resources about projects they coordinate.
Local news sources may also record and report on government meetings.
The League of Women Voters and other nonprofits dedicated to government transparency also regularly document local government meetings.
On some occasions, local governments in the same region facing the same challenge will come together to form a partnership or alliance. These groups may work together to solve improve transportation, water and air quality, land use planning, and local infrastructure projects. In Ohio these groups must register with the Auditor of State's Office.
Sometimes you can't find what you need on a website, and there isn't a search bar. What to do? Use Google's Site Search feature.
In a Google search bar, type site: followed by the address of the website. Then, type one space and enter your search terms.
To search the City of Warren, Ohio, website for meeting minutes, type site:warren.org "meeting minutes"
Learn more about how to use GovInfo with the "What's Available on GovInfo" tutorial below:
Learn more about how to use GovInfo with the "Introduction to Advanced Search" tutorial below:
Use this search box to limit your searches in the library catalog to Government Documents (print and online).
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.
Search for books using Hiram College Library catalog.
Our catalog lists books (including eBooks), CDs, DVDs, journal titles (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 Search Strategies below or contact us.
Need to know how to find it on the shelf? Try this: Track Down Your Book .
Didn’t find anything useful? Try the OhioLINK catalog. And don’t forget the SearchOhio link on the OhioLINK catalog as a way to expand your search. Remember that OneSource searches everything the library has access to.
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.
Material Type (book, eBook, etc.)
Select a material type from the dropdown to limit to a Book (physical item), eBook (digital item), musical recording, map, and more.
Select the Collection limiter to reduce your results to a particular part of the library, such as the film collection, juvenile collection, or government documents. Since the Government Documents collection is so large, it can sometimes overwhelm your results. Use the "All Collections Except Gov Docs" limiter to remove them from your search.
Find Books in the Juvenile Collection (2nd floor)
How it is Arranged?
The Juvenile Collection (also known as the Kids Books or the Children’s Collection) is actually four collections in one. What they have in common is:
The four collections are called:
Juvenile, which is the location given in the brief catalog record below:
The Juvenile collection 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|
Juvenile Fiction contains beginning to read, middle grade, and young adult fiction. It is arranged alphabetically by the author’s last name.
Picture books (call number begins with PB) contains picture books and are arranged alphabetically by the author's last name.
Board books (call number begins with BB) are books with thick, cardboard pages, typically for younger children. They are arranged alphabetically by the author's last name and stored in bins below the picture books.
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:
Use the search box below to search for specific titles.
Search for Paper Journal, Magazine and Newspaper Titles Held at the Hiram College Library:
Use the Hiram College Library Catalog to search for paper journals by title. Example: Journal of African American History
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.
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.