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Religion Graduate Student Orientation Tutorial : Finding Books

Fishing the Local Pond: BU Libraries Resources

The Religion collection at BU Libraries' is well resourced and deep. So when you are ready to search for books and other items relevant to your research, it makes sense to consult our holdings first. Searching OneSearch will show you what's available here at Baylor Libraries.

OneSearch - the white search box at the top of this page is default set for keyword searching.

  • In OneSearch, select the "More search options" option (below the search box) then locate the "With these terms" field among the facets on the center side of the screen.

Casting Wider Nets: Searching Beyond BU Libraries Holdings

Sometimes what's available locally just isn't enough. No matter how well funded, no library has everything. For those occasions when discovering everything available on your topic is the priority, here are some good places (besides Google) to search:

Category Description Best For...
Union Catalogs National or consortial databases that attempt to cover the published literature comprehensively and exhaustively. Locating material of a given national provenance or
Library of Congress Catalog National union catalog of all items published in the United States or by US authors. Locating fugitive material of known or suspected US provenance.
British Library Catalog National union catalog of all items published in the Great Britain or by British authors. Locating fugitive material of known or suspected British provenance.
OCLC WorldCat International consortial union catalog of academic, national, state and public libraries (currently the largest in existence). Comprehensive searching for published materials.
HathiTrust Consortial union catalog of academic libraries in the United States. Locating the full text of orphaned works (works so old and obscure that copyright ownership cannot be determined).
Other Academic Library Catalogs
Self-explanatory Cross checking the holdings of other instutions with strong programs in Religion.
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