Back to Step 2: Background Info
Find books in the Emmaus Library.
Using the keywords you brainstormed in steps 1 and 2, enter a few search terms into the Koha library catalog to see what Emmaus has on your topic.
If you don't get the results you want, try using different keywords.
When you find a book that looks like it's what you're needing, click on the title and take a look at the Subject Terms assigned to the book. Add those terms to your list of keywords, and use them in future searches.
Video tutorials demonstrating how to use the catalog to find books can be found here.
Where do I find this book?
When you find a book you want in the catalog, take a look at the call number. This is the book's "address" and will tell you can find it in the library.
The books in the Emmaus library are organized according to the Dewey Decimal system, which breaks down all knowledge into one of ten categories:
000 GeneralitiesEach of these classes has ten divisions, which are broken down further as the subject becomes more specific.
100 Philosophy & Psychology
300 Social Science
500 Natural Science & Mathematics
600 Technology & Applied Sciences
900 Geography & History
Books in the Emmaus library are shelved based on these numbers, and are then placed in alphabetical order by the author's last name: a book about the Gospel of Mark by Beth Young would have the call number 226.3 YOU.
Books are arranged on the shelves from left to right, top to bottom, according to call numbers and authors.
If you're having trouble locating the book you want, don't hesitate to ask library personnel for help!
Can I borrow books from other Dubuque libraries?
Yes!The Emmaus library will meet most of your academic needs. However, you can present your student ID and apply for a borrower's card at the following libraries and colleges (select the name of the institution to search their catalog):
Keep in mind that borrowing from these libraries is a privilege and not a right. Respect the authority of their staff, and see Mr. Rush or Beth Arjona with any problems you encounter.