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* English Research: Books

Use this guide as a starting point for researching literary topics.

Your Library Account

Renew your library books and check status of OhioLINK requests

  New Books

Reference Books

Library Catalogs

Ashland University Library Catalog
AU Library Catalog    

OhioLINK Catalog
OhioLINK Catalog     
About OhioLINK:
  • OhioLINK is a consortium of 90 Ohio  academic libraries.  
  • You may request that books be sent to or you may return to any OhioLINK library near your location.
  • Your library record, including OhioLINK loans, are maintained by the AU Library. Link to My Account on Library home page. View or renew there.
  •  It normally takes 4-5 days for items requested from OhioLINK to arrive at the designated pick-up location. You may return to any OhioLINK library.
  • You will be emailed when OhioLINK requests are ready for you to pick up at the library you designated
  • This service is not used to request articles.
Map of OhioLINK libraries


WorldCat Catalog

Includes books and other media in US libraries.  Used only for locating, not requests. Once you have found an item you would like, you have two options...

  • Fill out an interlibrary loan request form. Enter as much information as you can find from the WorldCat record. 
  •  Enter your zipcode to find availability in a library near you.

Tips for Searching Library Catalogs

Keyword Search

  •  Use natural language and type a word or phrase.  The search engine will automatically search multiple words as a phrase, but if it finds nothing, it will search for the words again, inserting AND between them. 

  •  With keyword you can search for simply “france” or for "french fiction" or for (france OR french) AND fiction. 
  • In a keyword search you can truncate words, allowing you to find variants of that word. ( Lit* retrieves books concerning literature, literacy and literary.)  


 Subject Search

  •  Requires specific Library of Congress Subject Headings.
  •  If you enter your own keywords you may not always retrieve relevant results.  For example, if you did a Subject Search for Native American Writers you would find nothing.  You need to use the correct Subject Heading in a Subject Search. The words have to be typed in the exact order used by Library of Congress. For example:

American literature -- Indian authors -- History and criticism

Reference Materials

Reference items can be print books, eBooks, or part of a database. Print reference books can be found on the Main Level of the AU Library, behind the Reference Desk. Reference eBooks and other sources are listed below. If you need any help finding or using reference materials, please contact a librarian. 

Reference E-books

Books from the Catalog

OhioLINK books

OhioLINK Books can be requested through the OhioLINK catalog