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HIUS 133 - Golden Age of Piracy: How to Find and Request Special Collections Materials

Pirates in Print

Please register and request materials before coming into the library. Because your class is so large, we don't have the staff to help you all get started.

Read the instructions below to learn how to search the catalog and place requests. If you read the instructions and still have questions, stop in for help.

Browse the online exhibit Pirates in Print. A selection of books related to piracy from special collections have been compiled into the online exhibit, Pirates in Print. This resource may help you decide what to use, if you don't have a title in mind already. From within the exhibit, click on the links to the online catalog to request to see a book in the reading room.

Or, go directly to Roger, the online catalog to search for and request materials.

Searching the Catalog for Special Collections Materials

In Roger, the Library's catalog, use the Advanced Search to limit your search within the parameters of your assignment. For example, you can limit to only those items created prior to 1800, select a particlar language or languages, and limit to just those items in special collections by selecting that option in the LOCATION limit:

NOTE: You can also start with a basic keyword search, and select "Modify Seach" at the top of the results list to get to these same limit options:


From the results list, click on the title to see more detail and to proceed with placing a request:


Placing Requests From the Catalog

Within the detailed description of an item, look for the Request link on the right, on the same line as the call number and status:

You will be prompted to Login - if you have not yet registered, you will be prompted to register at this point. Be sure to put your course name or title in the Research Topic field when you register, in order to get credit for visiting special collections.

The citation information will carry over from the catalog automatically in to the request form. Look it over, schedule the date of your visit, and submit your request! The status will read "Awaiting Request Processing" until you come in to use the item.

A note about delivery times: Generally speaking, we can pull materials the same day, just moments after you place the request if you're already in the library, but keep an eye out for our materials that are stored OFFSITE, as delivery of these times may take up to a week.



You're now ready to come in to Special Collections (bring your ID!). Don't forget our hours:

Hours:  M-F, 9-5; 9-7 on Wednesdays during the quarter

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