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LEAP Fall 2011, Prof. Ownby: Visit 1

LEAP is a year-long learning community for entering University students. It consists of two three-credit-hour courses – one fall semester, one spring semester – taken with the same professor and classmates, allowing students to build community.

LEAP Pre-Assessment

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Find Books

Books, Print and Electronic

Use these catalogs to:

  • Find books, both print and electronic, government documents, audio-visual materials, manuscripts, maps, software and electronic media.
  • Find the titles of journals or magazines libraries subscribe to, but not individual articles within each magazine or journal.
  • Search by author, title, subject, keywords, date, or ISBN/ISSN.

Usearch (Library Catalog)
Lists items, inclucing online books, owned by all UU Libraries and the journals, magazines and newspapers they subscribe to. Tells where a book is shelved and whether it is checked out. For access to online books, if you are not using a campus computer, see Off Campus Access Information.

A combined catalog of over 14,000 libraries from around the world listing over 40,000,000 items. You can place an Interlibrary Loan request for items found in other libraries while online. The book will be sent here.

For a quick search in WorldCat use the box below:

Beginning Your Research

First library visit

Databases to use:

Usearch provides access to information that the Marriott, Eccles, and Quinney Law Libraries have in collections.

WorldCat covers over 30 million records of any type of material cataloged by OCLC member libraries. Includes manuscripts written as early as the 11th century. Has Holdings information for many US and some foreign libraries. Updated daily.

Step One: You should begin to explore your assigned topic for your term project due at the end of the semester.

Step Two: Take a look at your course website (Blackboard/WebCt). The assignment for the first library visit helps you start to find background information.

Step Three: Each library visit should result in at least one source for your final bibliography. Keeping this in mind will help guide your research during the five library visits.

Step Four:

  • Remember your Boolean connectors: AND, OR, NOT.
  • Understand the type of information you are reviewing by examining the entire record (like whether it is an article, book, chapter, or book review) in order to select the appropriate resource and citation format.
  • Record the information about the resource either by using NoodleTools or Endnote Web.


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Rebekah Cummings
J Willard Marriott Library
295 South 1500 East
Faculty Center, 1705Y

Quiz on New to the U? during visit 2!

Marriott Library Eccles Library Quinney Law Library