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Writing 101: Studies in Material Culture: Getting Started

Library Services for First Year Students

Basic Library Tools

Articles - search in general or subject-specific databases to find full-text online from thousands of individual e-journals OR go to ALL tab to search across hundreds of journals and book chapters at the same time

Books & Media - Search the online catalog to find Duke Libraries resources like books, movies, e-books, etc

My Account - Access your Library Account to see what you have borrowed, when items are due and to and renew titles online.

Tip: click on the Duke Libraries icon to quickly get back to the homepage.

Document Delivery / Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Document Delivery Services (DDS) allows you to request books and articles from other libraries through interlibrary loan (ILL) or from Duke's off-site storage, the Library Service Center (LSC). 

* Create a Document Delivery account.

Once you create your account, all you do need to is pick the "Request" button to 'Get this title".

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Consider submitting it for consideration for the Aptman Prizes or Middlesworth Award.

Background & Reference Resources @ the Library

Want to put your topic in context? 
Encyclopedias and reference books are a great place to start.

Finding Books & Media

The library catalog lets you search for books, journals, DVDs, music, and research materials that are available in the Duke University Libraries.

When you know exactly what you want:

  • Search the library catalog by title or author of the work (Ex. Mccann, Colum).
  • Use the catalog's advanced search for the most precise searching.

When you are starting a search on a new topic:

  • Use the default keyword search to see what books we have on a particular topic (Ex. civil war).
  • Click on relevant suggested subjects for more focused search results (Ex. united states - history - civil war, 1861-1865).

Looking for even more tips and tricks?  Check out this guide to locating and requesting books and ebooks.

Your Librarian

Melanie Sturgeon
Perkins Library

Getting Help

Ask Us Now!

Librarians are available from 9am to midnight most evenings to help you with your research. You can reach us in person, via chat, phone, or email.

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