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Searching Library Catalogs
To find primary and secondary materials in the library catalog, Prospector, and WorldCat, start by searching keywords that describe your topic. For example, if you are researching colonialism and the Middle East, your keywords could be "middle east" colonial* british to begin your search (putting Middle East in quotation marks to find the exact phrase, and truncating colonial* with an asterisk to find the stem of the world and variant endings: colonial, colonialism). For example, in Compass Search All:
If you want to refine your search, on the results page you can limit by peer review or books, and you will also find primary sources such as Confidential Print: Middle East 1812-1969 from the British Foreign Office:
Most history books will be secondary sources, but check the "Finding Primary Sources" tab for suggested strategies for finding primary source materials in the library catalog.
Compass - Library Catalog
Books, Periodical Titles, Videos and other cataloged materials
This is the library catalog for University Libraries. Your search will help you locate materials owned by University Libraries, including books, magazines, and other cataloged materials. System automatically utilizes the Boolean and to connect terms.
A unified catalog of many Colorado area libraries. Books held by the libraries can be requested via Prospector and are delivered to the Main Library Lending Desk in 3 to 5 days.
The world's largest bibliographic database presents bibliographic records for books, serials (journals), and all other formats. Use WorldCat to find materials not in University Libraries or Prospector.
Center for Research Libraries
CRL holds approximately five million newspapers, journals, dissertations, archives, government publications, and other traditional and digital resources for research and teaching.
Search the full text of books to find ones that interest you. You are able to view a limited number of pages in many of the books to get a sense of whether the book will be useful for your research. After finding relevant books in Google Books, search Peak or Prospector to find a print copy of the book.
HathiTrust ebook collection
Over 700,000 volumes of electronic in the public domain are digitized by the HathiTrust.
Seeks to preserve and offer access, not only to born-digital content, but to digitized content in various formats (text, audio, video, and software), and to archived Web pages. Its partners for content include the Library of Congress and Smithsonian.