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Can't Find It?

If you can't find an item on our catalog, try the following options:

Check Your Spelling

When doing a keyword search, the words must be exactly as they are listed in the catalog, so be sure to check your spelling. Try a Starts With... search to browse titles, authors, or subjects if you know the first few letters or words. 

You can also try using an asterisk (*) to get more results. For example:

  • build* will bring up builds, building, builder, or builders.
  • wom*n will bring up woman or women

Request an Item

If we don't have something you are looking for, fill out our Material Request Form and we'll see if we can get it. We can't make any promises, but if your request is available at reasonable cost and seems to be of general interest to the community, then in most cases we will take you up on your suggestion and add the title to our collection. Otherwise we will attempt to make an Interlibrary Loan request on your behalf if you are a city resident.

Looking for Magazine or Newspaper Articles?

Try searching our magazine databases:

  • ProQuest has the full text of the Spokesman Review (1995-), the New York Times (1980-), and other newspapers and magazines
  • MasterFILE Complete is a large collection of the most popular full-text magazines, journals, and other highly-regarded sources from the world's leading publishers, covering many subject areas of general interest
  • For more ideas, see our Magazines & Newspapers list

If you still cannot locate a particular article or newspaper and you live within the city limits and have valid library card, you can request a copy of the article or a newspaper microfilm.

Search our Databases and Ebooks

We have more information options with our subscription databases. Look for car repair in Auto Repair Reference Center; read full text encyclopedias on topics such as food and culture, drug abuse, or the environment with Gale Virtual Reference Library; or find a good book to read in Novelist Plus. If you live outside the city limits, you can use the databases in any library branch or pay for remote access.

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