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Pacific Lutheran University

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Getting Started with Research

Whether this is your first time doing research, you need a quick refresher, or you want to improve your own research practices, this guide is design to assist you.

Locating Books and Music

To quickly locate books and music scores held by the library, use the library homepage. By clicking on the "Advanced Search" link located under the main search bar and then selecting either "Books" or "Sound recordings" under the "Material Type" section, you'll be able to search through all the relevant resources held in the library.




Once you have conducted a search, the limiters on the left side let you further narrow your search and locate sources appropriate for your research. After locating an item that seems useful, the catalog will provide you a call number that you can use to locate it in the building.




If you are looking for more items similar to one you found, you can look at the subjects for that item. These subjects are located under the "Details" section of the record. 




Additionally, once you locate a book on the shelf, you can also find similar items in that area. If you are not on campus, you are also able to do this while your are searching. Under the "Virtual Browse" section, you are able to see what other books are located next to the one you need.