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Finding Relevant Books

In most cases, the most efficient way to find books relevant to your topic is to start with a specific title, find its record in Primo, then scroll down and click on the Library of Congress Subject Headings to find even more books, and then to repeat this process with additional titles.

1.  Start with a specific title that seems promising.  The bibliographies at the end of subject encyclopedia entries or in your textbook are excellent ways to do this, as are any suggestions that your professor gives you.

2.  Find that book in Primo.  For example, the entry on "Confucianism in Korea" in the Encyclopedia of Religion lists the following book in its bibliography:  Haboush, J. K. The Confucian Kingship in Korea: Yongjo and the Politics of Sagacity. New York, 2001.  You'll find the record in Primo.  (You'd need to request the book from SUMMIT.) 

3.  Find the Library of Congress Subject Headings in the record.  In this case, there are four.  Click on one of them, "Confucianism and State -- Korea," and you'll get several more titles on the same subject.  You then can use the "Filter Results" options on the right to limit by language, date, etc.


Requesting Books from SUMMIT

SUMMIT borrowing allows you to get books from the other libraries that belong to the same consortium of academic libraries in the Pacific Northwest. Books take 3-5 working days to arrive, at which point they will be held for you at the circulation desk for one week, where you can pick them up with your ID card. You may keep Summit books for 6 weeks; there are no renewals. 

To request an item, click the "Request Item from SUMMIT' link, then enter any comments or request a specific volume if need be, and then click 'request.'  You can see your Summit requests by clicking the 'My Account' link when logged in to Primo. 

Location of Books

Locations of Books:

  • New books are located in the Library lobby on the main floor and are in call number order.
  • Print Reference books are on the first floor across from the Learning Commons area.
  • Book stacks: Consult the library map; look for location posters; or ask any staff member for help!
Call Number Location Chart:
  • To access most ebooks, you will need to sign in to Primo with your Puget Sound credentials (the same user name and password you use for your university email).
  • Different publishers have different rules about what can be downloaded, printed, or copied.