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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Cultural Studies: Books

Finding Books

The Library Catalog is a great place to find books, magazines or journals containing articles that you need, DVDs, and many other resources.  In addition to the 13 million volumes we have on this campus, you can connect to over 70 other libraries in Illinois and request books be sent to you. 

When you find something you want in the catalog, write down the following:

Location - in which library the item is kept (or libraries, if we have multiple copies) 
Call Number - this number is essential for finding the item on the shelf 
Status - is it available for you to check out?

Hint: Catalogs are used for two purposes: (1) If you know exactly what you are looking for - an exact title or author - you can use the catalog to locate your material (this works for book titles and journal titles); (2) You can also use catalogs to discover material that might be helpful to you by doing subject and keyword searching.

To search for cultural studies materials in the catalog, try the following recommended subjects: 

Popular culture  
Mass media
Culture- study and teaching
Popular culture- study and teaching 
Mass media and culture- study and teaching
Material Culture  

Finding Books Elsewhere

If books are not available at any of the UIUC libraries, you can request the item through I-Share which is a network of over 80 other libraries in Illinois.  You can search the I-Share catalog and request books to be sent to the library of your choosing.  

In the rare cases that a book is not available at UIUC or through I-Share, you can request the book through Interlibrary Loan.  


To find specialized resources such as archives, rare books and manuscripts, or digitized collections, go to this link for access to a number of specific databases.

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