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FYUR 10201.05: Is Our Justice System Just? - Fox

This course is an exploration into one of the most well-known social institutions in America and the disparities that arise within it. The U.S. criminal justice system is one of controversy, with some suggesting it is a pillar of our society, while others

Welcome and Getting Assistance

This guide points to library resources that will assist you in completing your papers and research for courses throughout your time at Hiram. 

We're here to help! 

Here are some ways to get assistance:

Contact Janet Vogel, your class librarian. I can be contacted by email (vogelj@hiram.edu), 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 library@hiram.edu.

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. 

Are you a first year or transfer student? Never used the Hiram College Library? Before you check out books, we need to update your library account with the barcode on the back of your student ID. 

Please visit the Ask Here desk on the first floor any time with your student ID and ask to have your barcode added to your account. You can then check out physical items and OhioLINK eBooks. 

If you are unable to access the library building, please email library@hiram.edu with your name, phone number, 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. 

Ways to Search

 

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.

Advanced Search


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 .

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. 

Need to find still more? Try WorldCat and/or Google Books.


 

Search strategies for finding materials in our Catalog

Keyword Searching
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.

Subject Searching
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 motionarmadillo diseasesetc.).

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:

  • They contain books for pre-K through 12.
  • There is no breakdown on the shelves by age group.

The two collections are called:

Juvenile, which is the location given in the brief catalog record below:

LOCATION CALL # STATUS
 JUVENILE 597.89 Jen    AVAILABLE

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:

LOCATION CALL # STATUS
 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:

  • Do a keyword search for frogs, but limit your search to the juvenile collection only. Your search would look something like this:

  • Do a subject search for frogs and use the phrase juvenile literature (to find mostly non-fiction books) or juvenile fiction (to find fiction books)

  • You may also search what the catalog calls genre/form using a keyword search.  The most common genre/form searches in the juvenile collection are for: picture books for children, board books, and stories without words.  This last one may retrieve items from the main collection or the fiction collection, so be sure to limit this search to the juvenile collection.

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:



Please Note:

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:

  • Our copy is available;
  • There are no available, circulating copies;
  • You do not have borrowing priveleges at the Hiram College Library.

You can check the status of your requests by checking your library account.

Further information about OhioLINK.

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. 

If you find something in WorldCat that you want but can't find it in the Hiram College Library collection or OhioLINK you'll need to fill out an InterLibrary Loan Form to request the item.

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.

Search for Electronic Journal, Magazine and Newspaper Titles:

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?

  • Locating a particular article if you know the title of the Journal it is in.
  • Determining if any of our indexes contain a particular Journal.
  • Discovering new journals in a particular subject area. 

What does this search NOT help you with?

  • Searching for unknown articles in a particular subject.
  • Locating a print or online resource we do not have access to.
  • Remember articles can still be obtained by Inter Library Loan.

Some issues that you may encounter when looking for Journals & Magazines.

  • If you are using the "Searchable A to Z List" you may find that many of these links will only work on campus.
    • Write down the database that you are attempting to access and locate it on the Database Full A to Z list.
    • Click on the Off Campus link below the text entry for the database/index. 
    • Login using your Barcode.
    • Search for the article title.
  • What if the "Searchable A to Z List" does not have the journal or magazine that you are looking for?
    • Unfortunately while the index is extensive it is not possible to have everything. However we can still get materials that are not on this list.
    • Please fill out the InterLibrary Loan Form for Articles and we will attempt to obtain the article for you.
    • Also you can find out more Information About InterLibrary Loan.
  • What if I cannot find the Full Text of an article?
    • We would be happy to help you at the Reference desk or the Circulation desk to find the article you are looking for.
    • Additionally you can find other ways of obtaining help at How Do I Get Help?

Go Find Your Book

Your search of the online catalog of Books, CDs, and DVDs in the Hiram College Catalog has led you to the following.  How do you find it on the shelf?

 

Author Koritansky, John C.
Title Alexis de Tocqueville and the new science of politics : an interpretation of Democracy in America / John C.Koritansky.
Imprint Durham, N.C. : Carolina Academic Press, c2010.

PermaLink to this record

 
LOCATION CALL # STATUS
 MAIN COLLECTION 320.1 Toc-K 2010    AVAILABLE

 

 

You need 3 pieces of information to find an item here. 

  1. The location tells you which floor in the building. 
  2. The call number tells you where on the floor (in this case it is like a street address). 
  3. The status tells you if it should be on the shelf or not. 

Dewey Decimal Classification

The main Dewey Decimal classes are:

000 Generalities 
100 Philosophy and psychology 
200 Religion 
300 Social Sciences 
400 Language 
500 Natural sciences and mathematics 
600 Technology (Applied sciences) 
700 The arts (fine and decorative) 
800 Literature and rhetoric 
900 Geography and history

Each class is further subdivided at the hundred divisions and the the thousand sections. Numbers are placed after a decimal point to further identify material more specifically by subject.

The following table below will help with the most frequent locations. 

On every entry in the Hiram College Library catalog you will find a section below the Title that looks like this:

LOCATION entry tells you where the item is located physically in the building.

Table of Locations 

Location Call Number Arranged by Floor
Main Collection 0 through 799.99999999 Dewey Call Number 2nd floor
Main Collection 800 through 999.999999 Dewey Call Number 3rd floor
Fiction All call numbers Alphabetically byAuthor 4th floor (Clock Tower)
Music Scores All call numbers Dewey Call Number 2nd floor
CD Collection All call numbers Genre then composer or artist Lower Level Chamberlain Room
Film Collection 0 through 999.9999999 Dewey Call Number Lower Level Chamberlain Room
Film Collection Starts with Feature Film Alphabetically by Title Lower Level Chamberlain Room
Juvenile All call numbers Dewey Call Number 2nd floor
Juvenile Fiction All call numbers Alphabetically by Author 2nd floor
Quarto All call numbers Dewey Call Number 2nd floor
Folio All call numbers Dewey Call Number 2nd floor
Government Documents All call numbers SuDocs system 3rd floor

 

The following table below will help with the most frequent locations. 

On every entry in the Hiram College Library catalog you will find a section below the Title that looks like this:

STATUS entry tells you if it is on the shelf or not and if not, why.

Table of Statuses

Status Meaning
Available Should be on Shelf
Due (followed by a date) Checked out and is due back on date given
Due (followed by a date) Off Campus Checked out to an OhioLINK borrower and due on the date given
New Book Shelf May be found on the New Book Shelf on the main floor and may be checked out.  This is more of a location than a status.
Missing Book cannot be found.  You may borrow a copy through OhioLINK, if a copy is available.
Lib Use Only Should be on the shelf. May not be checked out, but may be used in the library
Use Online An Internet resource that you may use online.  Check the full record for the link to the item

What if the book is checked out?
If a book is checked out, the Library Catalog will indicate when it will be returned. You then have two options. You can wait till the book gets returned to the shelf to check it out. Please be aware that the date that it lists as the return date is dependent upon the current borrower bringing it back. If that person forgets the return date could slide considerably. The other option would be to attempt to find the book through OhioLink/Search Ohio as this may result in a quicker delivery time than waiting for the return of the current book.

What if the book has a link instead of a call number?
The library has some items which which will not be on the shelves but instead available directly by clicking on them. Also Hiram College Library is a Federal Depository Library and may have resources from the Federal Government that are electronic. If you see “Electronic Resource” instead of a call number, click on the title to open the record and then click the link to view the item online.

What if the Library Catalog does not list the book I need?
If the Hiram College Library does not have the book you need, please check through the OhioLink Catalog and/or SearchOhio. Both of these sources can have the titles you need and can be requested simply and easily through the catalog itself. If all else fails you can request the title by using the Inter Library Loan Form. You may also request the book be purchased for the library by emailing the librarians at library@hiram.edu.