Books in the TriCo Libraries
1. Search Tripod to find books on your topic.
- If it says Swarthmore McCabe, find the Call Number. This will tell you where to find the book in the library.
- If the book you want is only available from Haverford (Magill) or Bryn Mawr (Canaday), click the Request button to have the book delivered to you at Swarthmore.
- Tripod lets you research topics and narrow results to those focusing on specific regions of the world.
- Example: Books about oil, focused on Iraq.
- Search by the subject headings you find in the book's Tripod record--this will help you find other books on the same topic, classified with the same subject heading. (view example)
- Consult the book's bibliography and use Tripod and library databases to track down some of the sources that author cited.
Improving Tripod results
Government publications may frequently come up when you search Tripod for "oil" and other topics related to this course. To focus your results on scholarly research, try the following:
- First, narrow down your Tripod results to a relatively small set of results. Then, re-sort your results by Call Number. (Because Call Numbers relate to subject areas, this will move government documents results to the end of your list.)
- Use the database Historical Abstracts to find book reviews of relevant, scholarly books written by historians. Once you've found the title of a particular book, search Tripod to see if the Tri-Co Libraries own a copy.
Books Beyond the TriCo Libraries
To find books that are not owned by the TriCo libraries, search by keywords and/or subject headings in WorldCat, and make interlibrary loan or EZ-Borrow requests. Whenever possible, try to make your interlibrary loan requests early in the semester, to ensure that the books arrive with enough time left to write your paper.