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HIST 161 History Narrative, Fiction: Telling Stories on America's Frontier

A guide to accompany assignments in Ms. Edwards' course.

Finding books

Footnotes and bibliographies are essential places to consult when searching for additional sources. When you have a book citation, the next step is confirming your access to the book using a library catalog.

Finding Articles and Book Reviews

In addition to articles, scholarly journals also include book reviews of recent scholarly works. The library databases that index scholarly articles will therefore also include book reviews in their results. You can look up a book title in a database to find its reviews.

InterLibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service we offer to help you get books and articles (and sometimes other items) not in Vassar's collections. 

ILLiad is the system through which the requests for books (if not at Vassar NOR at Connect NY) and articles.

Annex Requests

Some volumes in our collection are currently in off-site storage due to space constraints; these books are identified in the library catalog by the location "Annex".

The books in the annex are as vital a part of our collection as those on the shelves; FEEL FREE TO REQUEST BOOKS FROM THE ANNEX.   To request a book from the Annex, click on the red button at the top of the record, enter your name and library barcode (listed on the back of your Vassar ID) and hit enter.

If you make a request before 1:30 p.m., the book should be available the next day (M-F).   You will receive an email notifying you when the book is available.  You may pick it up at the Circulation Desk.

Books requested from the Annex will then be reshelved in the library. A request that is part of a multivolume set is an exception, because we must keep the set together.   Use this form to request return of an entire multivolume set from the Annex to one of the campus libraries.

Request a Research Consultation

Submit a Research Consultation Form to arrange a meeting with me. I generally respond within 24 hours and can meet with you within a couple days.

For immediate assistance, please feel free to contact the on-call librarian (sometimes it's me!)

All hours and contact information are available on our library website here:

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