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A help guide on some key activities involved in research processes.

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Video: How to find ebooks in the Kirkwood Library Catalog

EBSCOhost eBooks Basics

Searching for eBooks at the Library

Kirkwood students, faculty, and staff have access to over 150,000 eBook titles through EBSCOhost's eBooks and Project MUSE.

You can:

  • Access these in-depth and high quality resources from a computer or mobile device
  • Load them onto eReaders
  • Print sections.
  • Copy and paste a citation in MLA or APA style
  • Search the Library's eBook collection through the main Library search (WorldCat).

Library Search (WorldCat) directions:

 

  1. Go to the WorldCat search or the Library homepage. You may search by keyword, subject, author, or title. After entering your search, hit enter, then select the "eBook" format limit (along the left side of the screen) to view only eBook results.
  2. Click the "View Online" button just below the book title to view a description of the book.
  3. Continue with step 3 of the EBSCOhost eBooks directions below.

EBSCOhost eBooks directions:

  1. Go to the EBSCOhost eBooks search. You may search for eBooks by keyword, author or title.
  2. Click on the title you want to view to get to the detailed record view.
  3. Click on the "eBook Full Text" link on the left side of the screen [see screenshot below] to view the complete book.
  4. From this screen you have many options. You can [A] browse the Table of Contents; [B] scroll through the book page by page or skip to a specific page number; [C] search the full text of the book for a specific word;  [D] save or print a section of the book by selecting "Save Pages"; or [E] view an APA or MLA style citation for the book. See the next section of this guide for more details on printing or downloading eBooks.

Request Delivery or Place Hold on Books & Videos

Kirkwood students and employees at any location can use the "Place Hold" function in our library search.

This function will do two things:

  1. If the book is checked out to another user, the "Place Hold" will have the library save the book for you when it is returned. 

  2. If the book is not checked out, the "Place Hold" will have the library pull it from the shelf and send it through campus mail to the campus or center you request.

Follow the directions below to place a hold on a library item.

For Students

Checkout periods for students

Books: 1 semester, or until recalled by another user

Reserve items: No reserves for Fall 2020

Magazines and journals: No magazine/journal checkout for Fall 2020

Graphing calculators: 1 semester. ($20 cash deposit is being waived for Fall 2020). Please fill out graphing calculator request form before coming in to check out.

Laptops:  Laptops may be checked out for 2 days, once every two weeks. Subject to availability. Please fill out laptop agreement.

Hotspots: A limited number of hotspots are available for semester-long checkout. See this page for more details. 

Reference and Special Collections: for use in library only.

Other items available for use in the Library 

Technology items 

  • Headphones 
  • USB flash drives
  • Phone chargers (as available)

Miscellaneous other resources

Renewing Materials

Request delivery or place a hold

  • Request library materials to be delivered to your campus or center by locating the item in the online catalog and clicking "Place Hold". Directions on the Center Delivery page.
  • The Library is offering curbside pickup for those that prefer not to come inside any campus buildings. Place a hold on the items you want to check out, then send an email to circulation@kirkwood.edu for Cedar Rapids Campus, or to iclib@kirkwood.edu for Iowa City Campus pickup.
  • Request library materials that are checked out to another user be placed on hold by following the same directions on the Center Delivery page. Your request will prevent the current borrower from renewing the item, and you will be notified when the item is ready for pickup.

Fines & Stops

  • The Library no longer charges late fines for most items. However materials must still be returned promptly, and students will be charged for the replacement cost of unreturned items.
  • The Library may send courtesy reminder(s) of overdue materials to your student email. It remains the responsibility of the borrower, however, to return materials promptly.​ 
  • Failure to return materials will result in blocked class registration, graduation and receipt of transcripts. 
 

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