Perform a KEYWORD search in the Alkek library online catalog to find books or other materials on your topic
** Example: United States Foreign Relations sources
If you are interested in books which are not owned by the Alkek Library, they can be requested via our Interlibrary Loan service and we will borrow them from another library. This is a free service available to current Texas State Students, Faculty, Staff. NOTE: This process takes 7-10 days for books.
To request a book, open our ILLIAD link for interlibrary loan and fill out the online request form.
If you have not used the service before, just click near the bottom of the page at the "First time users" link to set up your free account.
WorldCat is a database to look at to find out which libraries own books that might not be available in the Alkek Library. Use the "request this item via ILL" link in each record to generate an ILL request to Texas State.
Library of Congress is a great source of information as well. In addition to the extensive catalog of books, a lot of digital primary source materials and other information is available here as well.
What's the difference between Google Books & Google Scholar?
Here's a handy chart to explain the uses of each-
The library has many sources that may be of interest when exploring early American history.
Always try searching our online catalog first, you'll be surprised what you find!
Here are just a few examples of some useful subject headings to use when searching the catalog-
United States History Revolution 1775 1783 Foreign Public Opinion British
|United States History 1783 1815|
Remember: You can sort your results by date to get the items oldest (or newest) first in your results lists.