How to find books
To find a book, use Tripod, the library catalog for the TriCo Libraries. You can request books from Bryn Mawr and Haverford, and they'll be delivered to Swarthmore within a day or two. You'll get an email when the books come in.
1. Search Tripod to find books on your topic.
2. Once you've found a book that looks relevant, check to see whether the book is available at Swarthmore:
If it says S McCabe, find the Call Number. This will tell you where to find the book in the library.
Use signs by the stairs and elevator to find your way.
If the book you want is only available from H (Haverford / Magill) or B (Bryn Mawr / Canaday), click the Request link.
After logging in, complete the request process to have the book delivered to you at Swarthmore within 48 hours (usually faster).
Using One Good Book to Find Others
When you've located a relevant book, there are several strategies you can use to find additional related works.
- 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.
- Consult the book's bibliography and use Tripod and library databases to track down some of the sources that author cited.