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SPAN 3550: Approaches to the Study of Hispanic Literature: Find Books

Approaches to the Study of Hispanic Literature

Hint for your Assignment

Use this page to get started on questions about finding books.

The first hint is, you will find books in the catalog. Use the catalog's advanced search for many of the questions asking you to find books.

There are many books containing Hispanic American and Latin American stories in the PQ section, but you will still need to use the catalog to search.

Try searching by subject.

For questions that mention a specific author, search the catalog by author.

You will use the limiters in the dropdown boxes near the bottom of the advanced search, including Broad Material Type, Location, Publication Year, Language, and more.

You will need to cite your sources. MLA style may be reviewed on the Citation Guide tab.

Finding Books


Search Results

Whenever you do a search, be sure to record the entire call number and the location of the material.

Retrieving your Book

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Now that you have a call number and location, you can find the book in the library. Check out the floor maps to learn more.


Reading a Call Number

Once you're in the correct collection, use the call number to locate your book. 

Joyner Library uses the Library of Congress (LC) classification system to assign call numbers to most of its materials. LC call numbers start with one or more letters (A-Z). The first letter represents the broad subject assigned to an item; subsequent letters and numbers identify it more precisely. Here is a video on Understanding Call Numbers.



Borrowing/Checking Out your Materials

You can check out books and DVDs using your ECU OneCard at the main circulation desk, which is located near the first floor entrance.  

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Search the Library Catalog

The library catalog is where you can search for books, videos, DVD's, etc.



InterLibrary Loan

Use InterLibrary Loan and Document Delivery services to request articles, books, media, and more from other libraries when ECU libraries do not have what you need.





E-Journal/E-Book Portal

Search Joyner Library's collection of online materials. 

Constructing Searches

You may search the library catalog for items housed in Joyner Library. You may search by keyword, title, author, or subject.  Conduct a subject search in the library catalog for those subject headings which are appropriate for your class.

  • Crisis Intervention
  • Crisis Counseling
  • School Crisis Management
  • Disasters -- Psychological Aspects

Also, try word or phrase searches such as:

  • terrorism and crisis intervention 
  • health and crisis intervention
  • pregnanc*

Note:  By using an asterisk, all forms of a term will be searched.  In this example, catalog returns will include pregnancy, pregnancies, etc.  For assistance, please contact a librarian through the options listed under "get help."