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Finding and Using Materials in Rare Books and Special Collections

By title / author

At the Library home page, select "Books & Media," then "More Search Options"

 

Use the "Guided Keyword Search" tab and select "all of these," "any of these," or "as a phrase": Example: "dorian gray" [as a phrase / within Title] and "wilde" [all of these / within Author Name]

Choose "Rare Books and Special Collections" under the "Location" dropdown menu

Narrow your search using a range of dates or sort by "publication date" (oldest to newest) on the results page

By publisher

Use the "More Search Options / Guided Keyword Search"

  • Example: "Kelmscott" [within Publisher / Place]

Choose "Rare Books and Special Collections" under "Location" dropdown menu​

By subject

From the Library home page, select "Books & Media" and then "More Search Options"

Navigate fo the "Browse" search bar and select "Subject (begins with)" button:

  • Example: "fairy tales"

You can also use subject headings in the "Guided Keyword Search:"

  • Example: "fairy tales" [as a phrase / within Subject]

Choose "Rare Books and Special Collections" under "Location" dropdown menu

By collection

Some named collections have print catalogues and some can be co-located (grouped) in the online catalogue (see the Select Book Collections tab)

Use the "More Search Options / Guided Keyword Search"

  • Example: "Beatrice Roslyn Robertson collection" [as a phrase / within All Fields]

Choose "Rare Books and Special Collections" under "Location" dropdown menu

Select collection name link within catalogue record

By date / language

From the Library home page, select "General" and then "Advanced Search"

 

Enter a date range in the "Publication date" field and / or select a language from the dropdown menu:

  • Example: "1789-1799"
  • Example: Français

Once you have your search results, limit by "Library Location" > "Rare Books and Special Collections"