Use books and reference works for a comprehensive treatment of a topic and for background information. Information in books is usually not as recent as information found in journal articles. Use library catalogs, such as the XPLORE and OhioLINK library catalogs, to find books.
The XPLORE Library Catalog includes records for all of the library's books, journals, audiovisuals, and microform materials.
The OhioLINK Library Catalog provides access to more than 48 million items located at 89 college, university, public, and state libraries in Ohio.
You should begin your search for books with XPLORE, as you cannot request an OhioLINK book without first determining that the book is not available at Xavier. To satisfy this step complete the following tasks:
How long can you keep this book if you were to check it out?
How many times can you renew this book provided no one else wants it?
How much does it cost per day per item for an overdue OhioLINK book.
Search for and request some books from OhioLINK, that are not in XPLORE, which you might need for upcoming papers, projects or assignments. You will need to request some books from OhioLINK to complete Step #8, Your Library Record.
If you need a book that is in the Library Annex or is not in XPLORE and OhioLINK, you can still get it from another library outside the state of Ohio. Use ILLiad (interlibrary loan) to request books that satisfy these conditions. This service requires you to set up an account. Books requested through ILLiad may take as long as 3 weeks to arrive at Xavier, so plan ahead.
Have your MyXU user name and password handy as you will need them to create your ILLiad account.
Note: You have to actually come to the library to check out and pick up books, audiovisuals and other physical items. Exceptions to this would be electronic books, digital music, streaming videos, etc. There are also exceptions for online students. If you are an online students read these FAQs.