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Immigration and Ethnicity in American History: Find Books

An online guide to help UAS Ketchikan students locate and use the most appropriate library resources for this class and to find help when they need it!

What to Do When You Can't Find a Book

Help!  I need a book not owned by the library. 

If you find a citation for a book that the library does not own, you have options to get that book.

1.  Ask a librarian for help.  Librarians are experts in finding books for you.  We may be able to get a book in 48 - 72 hours at no charge to you!

2.  Search for the "Title" of a book in WorldCAT.  WorldCAT shows you which Alaska libraries own a book. 

3.  Interlibrary Loan -  we can order a book for you from another library.  Turn around time may be 7 - 10 days, so this is probably not your fastest option.

Work with a librarian and you will save both time and money and eliminate the frustration factor.

E-Learning Students

On-campus student? E-Learning student? – UAS libraries provides many online resources for the convenience of all students.  As you use this guide, you'll notice green student sitting at desk w/computerthat it includes information about searching and finding both print and online resources.  All students have access to our electronic resources.  You will need your UA username and password to access our e-resources, like eBooks and the full text of articles online.  If you need to retrieve or reset your UA username and password, visit ELMO.


Suggested Titles Available at the Campus Library

Search the Campus Library's catalog to find more titles like those listed below:

How to Find Books in the Library

Use iBistro, the UAS Ketchikan Campus Library's online catalog, to find books and DVDs that are physically located in the library. 

If you know the title of a book, do a TITLE search in iBistro. To locate the book on the shelf, you need its call number. Also look at the status to determine if the book is available for checkout.

To locate books on specific topics, do a SUBJECT or WORDS OR PHRASE search in iBistro. Subject headings must be constructed in an exact way, according to the Library of Congress method, so WORDS OR PHRASE (keyword) searching may be easier.

Examples of Library of Congress subject headings:

Immigrants -- United States -- History

Americanization -- History

Emigration and Immigration

United States -- Foreign Population

United States -- Ethnic Relations

Using a WORDS OR PHRASE search allows you to combine words of your choosing to search for topics. Sometimes the results are less precise than a subject search but always worth trying. 

If you are looking for information about a person, do a SUBJECT search by the person's name, last name first.