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Locating Books in the Library
When starting to look for books in the library using the online catalog, it is best to start with a key word or phrase to describe your topic or question. This can be a descriptive word or phrase, a person's name, or a theory or philosophy. Once you identify some relevant information on your topic, use titles, subject headings, and authors to search for additional relevant content.
Once you have found a physical book in the library (not an ebook). You will need the call number and location to locate the book. Most of our books are located in the circulating collection, which will be in the "stacks, main and upper level". For more information of finding books, you can find a library map here or view our interactive tutorial.
JumpStart combines the library's catalog and about half of our online databases into a single search. With one interface you can search our library catalog and many (but not all) of our databases simultaneously, or in any number of combinations that you select. Coverage: Varied. Some Full-Text.
HathiTrust Digital Library
HathiTrust contains books and other materials from across the disciplines and in diverse languages, with most content dating from the late 18th to the early 20th Centuries. Dickinson’s HathiTrust membership provides full-text access (with downloading) to more than 5.6 million HathiTrust volumes, and bibliographic information on millions more. Coverage: contains primary sources. See our special access instructions
Films on Demand
Contains over 35,000 streaming films from across the disciplines, and includes HBO documentaries. You can use Films On Demand to search for specific video segments, organize videos into folders, and create personal playlists. Closed captioning is available for many films. May be used for on-campus showings by student groups and co-curricular programs for which no admission is charged. Coverage: 1950s - present, contains primary sources. Full-Text.
Academic Video Online (AVON)
Contains over 67,000 scholarly videos in diverse subject areas for streaming. Includes documentaries, interviews, performances, news programs, field recordings, commercials, demonstrations/training videos, and more. Contains thousands of award-winning films as well as archival material. May be used for on-campus showings by student groups and co-curricular programs for which no admission is charged. Sony Pictures Classics films are unavailable for users located outside of the U.S. due to distribution restrictions. Coverage: Contains primary sources. Full text.
Make sure you only use footage that is Creative Commons licensed for reuse! This can usually be found in the video information, and feel free to ask me if you cannot determine the licensing.
Institut national de l'audiovisuel
Source for archival footage from the French National Audiovisual Institute.
More than 1,600 documentary films from distributors including Bullfrog, Icarus, Women Make Movies, and more. Coverage: Varies. Full text. Extended trial available through July 31, 2022.
Swank Streaming - Semester-Long Licenses
A collection of streaming films licensed by the college per semester for educational use. Coverage: Varies. Full text. Extended trial available through June 30, 2022.
Provides streaming access to documentary and feature films on diverse topics. May be used for on-campus showings by student groups and co-curricular programs for which no admission is charged. No guest access: Dickinson login required. If you are looking for a specific film, please first check Academic Video Online
and Films on Demand
. Those databases provide unlimited subscription access; use of the same film in Kanopy may result in additional charges for the library. Instructions
for using the Kanopy app.
Use Worldcat to find books from other libraries.
You can search our DVD collection in the online catalog by scrolling down to the bottom of the advanced search screen and selecting DVD in the box for Format. Then you can search by keyword or title.
You can browse our DVD collection by following this link. DVDs in Art and Art History are listed here.
Use Google books to search within an exisiting books or discover books that we do not have in our library.