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Locating Resources with TechCat

TechCat is used to search for the resources you need through Lawrence Tech's library and beyond. Search more than two billion electronic, digital, and physical resources in libraries around the world with a single search of TechCat and a central index that represents more than 2,400 e-content collections through OCLC.

You can search TechCat by title, the author(s), keywords (that describe what you need), ISBN number and numerous other ways. The items available at the Lawrence Tech library are always listed first. Items not available at the LTU library may be requested from other libraries. An "advanced search" guide to TechCat can be viewed here.

"Held by: Lawrence Technological University" means that LTU owns this.

It can be borrowed as an e-book (via the red "Access online" tab) or checked out of the library as a print book.

This item is showing as available for borrowing at the LTU library. It is shelved under the call number GR830.V3 B35 1988. If you are outside of the library, click on the red "Place a Hold for this" button to hold it for pick-up.

Select the red "Request Item via Interlibrary Loan" button to request an item from another library.

If the desired item shows as Held by: MelCat Libraries, it means a member of the Michigan eLibrary partnership owns it. Generally, the fastest way to get BOOKS is through MelCat. Many articles can be delivered via email from other libraries through TechCat's Article Exchange. All items borrowed through Interlibrary Loan must be returned to the LTU library.

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Available Resources

Books: Lawrence Tech's library holds nearly 35,000 print books, shelved according to their Library of Congress call numbers on the shelves or held for special circumstances on reserve behind the library desk. The LTU library can order books from other libraries through the MeL (Michigan eLibrary) and Interloan systems. LTU students have access to almost 300,000 eBooks that can be downloaded through TechCat.

Many items we will hold as only a print book or an e-book (but occasionally we will have it in both forms). Generally, the LTU library does not hold textbooks, nor will we request them from other libraries.

Journals/Serials: The LTU Library shelves almost 1,000 print journals and provides access to over 40,000 electronic journals through our subscription databases (see the Databases tab, above). The focus of our collection is professional and peer-reviewed materials that support our academic programs. Articles unavailable through the library can also be requested through Interlibrary Loan. (Most of these articles arrive in your email very quickly via Article Exchange.) Make sure you are logged into Blackboard before accessing our online journals.

Students can also access journal articles through free online services like Google Scholar and public domain resources such as HathiTrust.

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