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Schell: Find Library Material

For students in Miss Schell's ENL111 classes.

Search Inside Books

Catalogs and Collections

When to Use Books


  • To get the most comprehensive and general information.
  • To get information from experts who've spent a lot of time researching and writing about your topic.

Why not:

  • Less current
  • If it's 2 a.m., a book won't help you get your paper done until the library opens (unless it's an e-Book!)

Call Numbers

Library of Congress classification is very similar to the Dewey Decimal System you may remember from your high school library. Books are organized by subject, but instead of long strings of numbers on the label, there are shorter combinations of letters and numbers: easier for you to remember and find, and easier for us to put on the shelf in the right place. A broad outline of the LC system may help you to browse the library shelves for your topic: it contains links to subject areas for more detail.


Search Other Libraries

If an item is not owned by Penn College and you want it, we can get it for you through our interlibrary loan service, ILLiad.  Follow these steps:   

  • The link above takes you to our catalog, which is included in WorldCat.
  • Select "Libraries Worldwide" from the drop-down menu at the bottom of the "Advanced Search" screen.
  • Identify an item in WorldCat that the Madigan Library doesn't own
  • Click on the link that says "Request it from Interlibrary Loan"
  • Login to ILLiad, or create a new user profile and then login to ILLiad
  • Verify that the information on the request form is correct, then click on the "submit" button
  • Check your PCT e-mail account for notices that your item has been received