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BILS (Building Information Literacy Skills) Tutorial

A text and video tutorial that will introduce students to the research process and Bunch Library

Search for books/ebooks in OneSearch

Search OneSearch for articles, books & more

Search for Books/Ebooks using OneSearch

This brief video will show you how to limit your results in OneSearch to show only books and ebooks.


WorldCat (OCLC FirstSearch) is a combined catalog of libraries all over the world. Search WorldCat to identify resources outside of Bunch Library, and then request an Interlibrary Loan to retrieve the items.

Google Books

Google Books provides full-text access to titles that are in the public domain or have copyright permissions from the owner of the work. Only a preview is available for many titles that have copyright restrictions, but this can oftentimes be enough content to decide if the book is what you are looking for. Use Google Books to identify titles, then check the Bunch Library catalog or request an Interlibrary Loan to retrieve it.

What's a Call Number?

A call number, PS3563.O8749 B4 1987, is the number you will need to physically locate a book on the shelves.

We use LC call numbers, which is a system of letters and numbers. Books are organized by subject, and each letter is for a different subject area. This is a little different from the Dewey Decimal System, which only uses numbers.

The Call number is different than the ISBN number0394535979, which is a unique number assigned to each edition of a book for commercial purposes.