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Libraries Welcome Kit: Education Grad Students: Looking for Books/Ebooks

Welcome to CU, new grad students! This guide is to orient you to some of the University Libraries' useful resources and services.

Finding Books

As you research, you will likely use a number of types of information. As you consider your needs, your audiences, and the type of evidence, you may wish to narrow your searching to one type of information. Let's look at some strategies for locating books. 



There are several search tools for finding books.

Chinook OneSearch

Using OneSearch Advanced functions, you may refine your search by title, author, year, language and much more.   

Chinook Classic

Chinook Classic is the legacy catalog interface for CU collections. Try the advanced functions to refine your search.   

The quickest way to receive materials not available at CU. Request materials that are not available, checked-out, or missing. Prospector is a group of Colorado and Wyoming Libraries.

Prospector FAQ 

Borrow materials and get scans from libraries around the world. Use WorldCat to find what you’re looking for and request a loan through ILLiad. 


 Interlibrary Loan FAQ 

We recommend starting with Onesearch!


You may also search and locate ebooks through the library system. Simply search and locate the text, follow the links to full text, enter your identikey and begin reading. 

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We also have a few e-book collections that are searchable in the following search tools:

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