OFF-CAMPUS ACCESS PROBLEMS?
If you're having problems with off-campus access to an online library resource, the most common reason is that it doesn't recognize you as an authorized user. An easy way to fix this problem is to go to the MyUrsuline webpage and log in. Then continue to use that same browser when accessing library resources.
USING SUBJECT HEADINGS FOR SEARCHES
Using Library of Congress subject headings when searching in the Besse Library and OhioLINK online catalogs can be more efficient than searching with keywords. So if you know what the exact subject heading is you need to use, you can enter the word/phrase in the search box and then click on the pull-down menu and select SUBJECT, as seen in the example image here.
Subject headings typically have subheadings (sometimes a few, sometimes many). Consider, for instance, the subject heading SOCIAL JUSTICE. The library's catalog includes records for books/videos that include SOCIAL JUSTICE with various subheadings attached. A few examples:
BESSE LIBRARY CATALOG
Use the library catalog to find:1) hard-copy books; 2) videos; and 3) some e-books.
You can use the subject headings on this page (right-hand box) to conduct SUBJECT searches in the catalog.
An alternative to using the library catalog is using URsearch. The URsearch search box is located at the top of the library's homepage. Here's what it looks like.
As opposed to the library catalog, URsearch includes ALL library content, which means hard-copy books, e-books, video, and articles from journals, magazines, and newspapers.
Searching in URsearch begins with this simple search box. Then, once you get a list of search results, you can refine your search if needed and also apply limiters, such as date of publication, language, and source type.
The OhioLINK catalog allows you to borrow materials from other schools throughout Ohio. This catalog includes millions of books and non-book items.
But you should always search the Besse Library collection before turning to OhioLINK.
When you're searching in the Besse Library catalog you'll see an OhioLINK button at the top of the screen. It looks like this.
When you click on it, it will take you to the OhioLINK catalog and automatically duplicate your search. So if you've conducted a search in our library catalog and not found enough content, click on the OhioLINK button to see what OhioLINK has to offer.
When you search in URsearch, OhioLINK materials appear automatically in the search results.
When you find an item you want to borrow through OhioLINK, look in the record at the holdings information to make sure there is at least one copy listed as AVAILABLE. Then click on the green request button, which looks like this.
You'll be asked to enter your name and ID number and identify your school. Then you'll be asked where you want the item to be delivered. You can have it delivered to Besse Library or to a closer OhioLINK member institution of your choice.
When the item arrives, you'll receive an e-mail telling you it's ready for pickup.
You normally have the opportunity to renew OhioLINK materials. However, someone else can put a hold on the item, which means you will not be able to renew the item and instead have to hand it in by its due date.
LIBRARY RESEARCH DATABASES
Research databases are typically used to find articles from journals, magazines, and newspapers.
All of the library's research databases are listed on the library's A-Z Databases webpage.
When you search using URsearch (see box above) you're actually searching all of the library's databases simultaneously. But you can also search using an individual database. So, for example, if you're researching a topic relating to women's studies then you might want to try using the Women's Studies International database.
Points of View Reference Center
Points of View Reference Center is a database that includes full-text essays presenting multiple sides of current controversial issues. Content in Points of View Reference Center can provide you with helpful insight when conducting research for your course assignments.
Selected Library Research Databases
HEALTH / MEDICINE
JUSTICE / CRIME
WOMEN / GENDER / SEXUALITY
SELECTED SUBJECT HEADINGS
Here is a selected list of subject headings for peace and justice studies that can be used in the Besse Library and OhioLINK online catalogs. Many subject headings have geographical subheadings for countries, regions, and continents. For example:
SELECTED SUBJECT HEADINGS