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HIST 294 Seminar on Historical Method: Research Techniques

Library Resources for History 294 with Dr. Amanda Seligman

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How do I find a call number on the shelf?

Follow these steps when you're looking for a book on the shelf.

  1. Find the correct letter combination. L comes before LA on the shelves.
  2. Look for the number - be sure to look for the whole number. 19 comes before 23 and 23 comes before 2340 (two thousand three hundred forty).
  3. In the last line, first locate the letter and then the decimal. .M371 will come before .M38

This image shows the order in which some sample call numbers would appear: L 19. M322, LA 23. M38, LA 2340. M371, LA 2340. M38

1. Search for the item in WorldCat. You will use the WorldCat Record details to fill out the Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) form later in the process.

2. Sign into your Interlibrary Loan Account using your ePanther ID and password.

3. Once logged into your account, select a request form from the menu in the upper left.

  • Choose "Article or Other Copy" to request articles and book chapters
  • Chose "Book or Other Loan" to request books or physical media

Main Interlibrary loan menu: Select a New Request.

4. Copy and paste the item details from the WorldCat record or manually enter it from the item's citation into the appropriate ILLiad request form. Fill out all the required fields, this will speed up the process. Please paste the URL of the item in the notes field.

Tip: You can use a DOI number to fill in an Interlibrary loan request form. Paste the full DOI into the top box in the Interlibrary loan article request form, and then click “Resolve DOI." This will auto-fill the form with the details for the item you’re requesting. Screnshot of "resolve doi" field at the top of an Article Request form

​​A screen grab of an autofilled ILLiad form.

In general, interlibrary loan requests take between 2-3 days for articles and 10-14 days to fill books. Some requests may take longer.