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Finding and Getting Books
- You may return materials to any Rutgers University Library. You do not need to return items to the same library from which you borrowed them.
- If you need books physically located in another RU library, you can request they be sent to the library of your choice. On the full record in Quicksearch, select the "Request" link.
- If you need books either not owned, checked out, or otherwise not available in the Rutgers University Libraries, the fastest way to get them is through E-Z Borrow. Books requested from E-Z Borrow usually arrive in about one week. For additional options and more information , please see Placing Requests via Quicksearch and Borrow/Request/Renew.
Tips for Using the Library Catalog
- Use AND to combine your concepts, e.g., grandparents and poverty
- Use OR to combine synonyms, related terms, e.g., elderly or seniors or aged
- Use the $ (dollar sign) to search for the root word and any ending, e.g., parent$ will retrieve parent, parents, parenthood, parenting.
- Look at the subject headings on the full record for an item-these can help you generate new keywords, concepts, etc.
- Try using the Advanced Search to combine keywords and subject headings, author and title, etc.
Sample Subject Headings-select SUBJECT from the search type pulldown menu:
- aging; aging psychological aspects, etc.
- nursing homes
- older people, older people psychology, etc.
- social work with older people
A keyword search in the Library Catalog will generally be a broader search than a subject search and can help you focus your topic and results. Examples:
- aging and abuse
- older people and mental health
- social services and aged