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History & Political Science Resources: Books

Ashland University Library Sources for History and Political Science students.

Accessing Books

There are 4 main ways you can locate and access books.

  1. AU Library Catalog (includes AU, Ashbrook and Seminary holdings)
  2. OhioLINK Catalog-locate books at 87 Ohio libraries to either pick up or request for delivery to a participating OhioLINK library.
  3. WorldCat-Includes books and other media in US libraries.  Used only for locating, not requests.
  4. Electronic Books-Can access 24/7. Will need to log in to view.  Limited print permission.

    Renewing Books


 Your Library Record  


Use this link to check your OhioLINK orders and renew books.

This process only works for material that is not overdue.  If items are overdue, you will need to call our circulation desk 419.289.5400 and ask for a renewal. 


Search Tips

Some general search tips for databases, book catalogs and search engines such as Google:

  •  You can narrow your search by inserting AND between words. Example:  sojourner truth AND ohio  

  •  You can expand your search by inserting OR between words.   Example: chippewa OR ojibwa.  You can also combine ANDs and ORs. Example: (ojibwa OR chippewa) AND settlement 

  •  Use simple words, not sentences.  (Not “the pros and cons of gun control” but simply “gun control” Or, narrow it down to “gun control” AND economics, or “gun control” AND crime.

  • Put quotes or parentheses around phrases when you want to retrieve all of the words, in the exact order given.  Example: " works progress administration”

  • You can use an * to retrieve multiple variants of a word with one efficient search. Example: teach*retrieves results with teach, teaches, teacher, teachers, teaching, or teachable

  • You will have better results if you do not limit yourself to one idea. Using broader and narrower keywords, you can fine-tune your search.


Searching AU Library Catalog

                                 Do a quick search in the library catalog.  

AU Library Catalog:

Go to  AU Library Catalog

Keyword Search

·        Uses natural language. Type a word or phrase.  . 

·        With keyword you can search for simply “france” or for (france OR french) or for (france OR french) AND history. It can be useful to start with a keyword search and use the results to identify the subject headings.

Subject Search 

·        Requires specific Library of Congress Subject Headings. The words have to be typed in the exact order used by Library of Congress. You cannot use AND or OR.

       Examples of Library of Congress Subject Headings  

Ethnology -- Ireland -- Tory Island.

National characteristics, Scottish -- Historiography

Mexico -- History -- Conquest, 1519-1540

United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives, Confederate


Need More Books? Use OhioLINK to Locate and Access Books

Ashland University Library is a member of OhioLINK, the state-wide academic library consortium. If you live in Ohio or close to the border, OhioLINK provides an efficent method to borrow books. The OhioLINK catalog includes material from 2 public library systems, the State Library of Ohio, and most Ohio university & college libraries.  You may borrow materials from the OhioLINK catalog and have the material delivered to any of the 87 OhioLINK libraries closer to your home, including most Ohio college libraries, Cuyahoga Public Library branches & the Westerville Public Library. 

Locate the book you need in the OhioLINK catalog and click on the Request link.  Select AU as your institution, type in your name & AU ID number, pick-up institution, and pick-up location.   It normally takes 3-4 days for items to arrive at the designated pick-up location. You may return to any OhioLINK library. This service is not used to request articles. 



                            Go to the OhioLINK Catalog   


Map and locations of OhioLINK Libraries

OhioLINK Policies and Overdue Fines


The dissertations found in the database Proquest Theses & Dissertations (formerly Dissertation Abstracts) may be purchased from Proquest in a variety of formats ($32 per pdf file) or can often be obtained through our Interlibrary Loan Service. More recent dissertations allow free access to a 24 page preview.  Ashland University dissertations are available electronically, free of charge.



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