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FYS: Contemporary Writers (Furuness): About the Libraries

Library 101

Both Irwin and the Science Library offer a variety of spaces for you to work either individually or with groups. 

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Students and librarians at Irwin Library teaching and helping people

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Use the WorldCat Discovery search box below (same as the one on the front page of the library website) to find books, ebooks, and media owned by Butler Libraries. Some important things to know:

  • It searches beyond Butler! Butler's content comes up first, but depending on your search you may come across content that says Held By someone other than Butler. If it's a print item, you can typically still obtain a copy through a service called interlibrary loan. More details here.
  • If the result is an ebook or evideo, there should be a button to click and easily Access Online.
  • If you're looking for something in print, it will tell you which library and whether the item is available. Ask at the desk of either location for help finding things on the shelves.
  • You can limit your search results to a certain format, or even to peer-reviewed or content owned by Butler. Use the options in the left column.

Find books, articles, media, and more at Butler and beyond

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You can find articles in several ways. We recommend that you first go to the Course or Subject LibGuide, because it will list databases recommended for your particular discipline or assignment. When you do your research assignment for this class, you'll see what we mean! If you can't identify a LibGuide for your class or topic, you can search through databases recommended by subject or use a broad tool such as WorldCat Discovery (limit to articles), Google Scholar, or Academic Search Premier.

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Call: 317-940-9227
Text: 317-758-3551
Or stop by Irwin Library: we are located at the Information Commons desk on the first floor and in the Center for Academic Technology offices on the third floor.


Email Butler University Libraries
Irwin Library: 317-940-9227
Science Library: 317-940-9937
CAT: 317-940-8575

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