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Searching for Books in Primo
The search box above will search our print and digital collections for books and media.
Limit results to just books under Resource type
- When researching a specific musical work in books, think broad! Don't search on the specific name of your piece, but instead look by composer or keyword combinations of musical era or type of composition. You may find your work mentioned within a broader book, or at least gain some broader context or background information.
- Notice where your “keywords” appear in the record. They are often underlined in yellow.
- Experiment with the words you search with! Use your initial results to brainstorm different ways of describing your topic.
See a title that looks interesting? Click on the record to see how to access it digitally or in print:
Looking for more books like this one? Keep an eye out for the following features:
Subjects: Click on these links to find other books on this same topic
Virtual Browse - See what books are next to yours on the shelf. They might also be relevant!
Not finding many books on your topic? After trying a search, look in the "Tweak Your Results" menu for the MeLCat and WorldCat links:
This will start a new search on your topic in MeLCat or WorldCat, joint catalogs for libraries throughout Michigan and the United States. You can request to borrow these items and they will be shipped to Van Wylen.
Michigan eLibrary (including MeLCat)
Content/Description: Contains full-text articles, books, images, etc. and features an Inter-Library book loaning system with participating Michigan libraries.
If you are unable to locate the resource you need through MeLCat, there are other catalogs you can use to order books and media.
Materials in U.S. and international libraries. These can be requested through InterLibrary Loan.
The Holland public library is strong in more popular and local materials, so you may find resources there that we don't collect at Hope. Stop by the Van Wylen Circulation desk to learn how you can get a Herrick card to check out resources and access their digital collections.