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Monmouth College Hewes Library



Books inform your research question by providing:

  • contextual background information
  • detailed scholarly research to strengthen your research
  • bibliographies that may lead to additional sources

Finding Books Using Library Catalogs

As a Monmouth College patron, you have access to three tiers of library catalogs. 

Step 1: Hewes Library Catalog

  • Locate books, DVDs, media, software, music owned in Hewes Library
  • Catalog does NOT contain articles
  • Items are immediately available to you
  • Advanced search available


Step 2: I-Share Catalog

  • Locate books and media owned in Illinois academic libraries
  • To request an item first create a library account
  • Materials are delivered to Hewes Library in 3-5 days
  • Once you register, remember to monitor your library account! The transactions you make with I-Share libraries are not monitored by Hewes Library.
  • I-Share FAQ


Step 3: WorldCat

  • A larger, international library catalog, WorldCat, allows identification of materials beyond the Hewes Library and the I-Share Catalog. (Be sure to check these catalogs first.)
  • Materials identified in WorldCat may be requested using interlibrary loan.
  • Items may take 7-14 days to arrive. 

Additional Catalogs

CARLI eBook Collection: The CARLI eBook Collection consists of 29,000+ titles available instantly to patrons.  The collection is funded by the Consortium of Academic & Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), of which Hewes Library is a governing member.  MC patrons will find the ebook records in both the Hewes Library Catalog and the I-Share Catalog.  MC users will be prompted to authenticate using your MC network username/password the first time an EBL eBook record is selected. 

Center for Research Libraries: CRL, located in Chicago, has over five million volumes in its collection and will make extended loans of materials for research projects (4 month loan periods and generous renewals). CRL is a cooperative venture of over 200 U.S. & Canadian college and university libraries to acquire expensive and unique collections for faculty and student research. Foreign language books, journals and newspapers make up a significant percentage of the collection. CRL owns over 800,000 foreign dissertations. Much of the collection is represented in WorldCat, but not all. 

Warren County Public Library: materials from the public library in Monmouth and its three branch locations.

Search Narrow and Broad

Search BROADLY and NARROWLY for topics in the library catalog.

  • (famine OR poverty) AND Yemen     NARROW
  • econom* AND Yemen                       BROADER
  • econom* AND “Middle East”             BROADER

Catalog Search Tips

  • Keyword Search, default, searches all words in all fields.
  • Advanced Search is located below the main search box and allows more complex searches and multiple filters.
  • For a more specific search, choose Title, Author or Subject.
  • A Subject search focuses on just the Topic (or Subject) field. 

  • On the results screen, Narrow Your Search facets allow limits by format, collection, topic and more.



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