Discover & Discover Local (The Catalog)
Both Discover and Discover Local (the catalog) allow you to find ebooks and printed books housed in Bizzell Memorial Library, the branch libraries, the special collections, the law library, and in storage, which includes the government documents collection. They also list all the journals, magazines, newspapers, microfilm, etc. at these locations. (Discover also lists journal articles, but Discover Local does not.)
Discover Local is a subset of Discover and automatically retrieves only the ebooks, books, journals, magazines, etc. in the locations mentioned above. In Discover, to see a list of only the books, you must use the filters, or, in "advanced search," limit the search to "material type" "book" before hitting search. (See examples of both below.)
Using Discover's Filters to Find Books
Worldcat: Get Books from Other Libraries
Search the Worldcat database to find books held by other libraries. Worldcat is an international catalog of books and other materials owned by thousands of libraries.
You may borrow (interlibrary loan) materials through the Worldcat database. Interlibrary loan is free! But give yourself time for a book to come through the mail.
Please note that occasionally the Worldcat database indicates that the OU library owns an item when Discover Local (our catalog) does not list that item. Usually, the item has been reported lost or missing and is no longer available from our library. Please contact me if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject Terms and Call Numbers
Useful subject terms for finding books on public policy include:
- Social Policy
- Public Policy (Law)
- Political Planning
- Policy Sciences
- Public Administration
Use these search terms in Discover Local in combination with your topic (e.g., immigration and social policy).