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Finding New Materials for the Library

Several online services are helpful for selecting books and other materials for library collections. Most of the publisher catalogs are now online as well. Logins are not needed if on campus but when off campus you will be prompted for your network logins. These services are:

  • Tell us what kinds of materials you need the library to add. We will search our acquisitions database (Baker and Taylor) and vendor catalogs and send a list of available items for your approval. Give us a call or e-mail your librarian liaison.
  • WorldCat is a library catalog database showing the holdings of major libraries, most of the academic and larger public libraries worldwide. Use WorldCat to see what new books and other materials (videos, audiobooks, ebooks, etc.) are in each subject area.
  • CHOICE magazine is a print publication that ranks new publications for academic libraries. We keep two years of the publication in the periodicals department.
  • Academic Search Complete provides periodical publications providing book reviews. Search for these articles using the phrase "Books reviews and..." insert another word or phrase, such as title keywords or subject keywords.
  • Lexis-Nexis provides book reviews from newspapers such as the New York Times Book Review or Publishers Weekly.
  • Amazon.com is a good resource for some types of library materials and it is freely available on the Web.