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GEOL 210 Natural Disasters: Books

How to Find a Book in the Library

You found a good book listed in the AU Library Catalog.  Now what? Check out How to find a book in the AU Library

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. 


Searching AU Library Catalog

Go to complete   AU Library Catalog


 Search Tips

Keyword Search

  •  Uses natural language. Type a word or phrase.  Use only simple words and phrases--no sentences.

  • With keyword you can search for simply “tsunami”

  • Expand your results by using OR -- (tsunami  OR  storm surge)

  • Focus your results by using AND-- volcano AND italy

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

  • You can use an * to retrieve multiple variants of a word with one efficient search. Example: volcan* retrieves results with volcano, volcanoes, volcanic, and volcanism

  • You can also use combined searches such as  (tsunami OR storm surge) AND asia*

  • It can be useful to start with a keyword search and use the results to identify the subject headings to use in a Subject search.

Subject Search

·     Requires specific Library of Congress (LC) 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 relevant Library of Congress Subject Headings  

                    Geology, Stratigraphic -- Cenozoic

                    Hazardous geographic environments

                    Volcanism -- Hawaii

                    Hurricanes -- North Carolina -- History

                    Environmental engineering

                   Storm surges -- Mathematical models

Reference Books (main floor)

 Researchers typically read only a few pages of a reference book to get an overview of a topic and discover the useful keywords and issues that will help them find more books and articles.  

Search OhioLINK Catalog

 Go to complete  OhioLINK Library Catalog

 Ashland University Library is a member of OhioLINK, a group of almost 90 college libraries. Borrow materials from the OhioLINK catalog and have the material delivered to our front desk or any of the OhioLINK libraries closer to your home. It's great for when you want to work on your research when you're home over break.

Locate the book (or DVD) 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.

Map and locations of OhioLINK Libraries  -you can pick up a book at one OhioLINK library and return it at another

OhioLINK Policies and Overdue Fines