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Library Basics

The fundamentals of using the resources of the Good Library

About WorldCat Discovery

WorldCat Discovery logoWorldCat Discovery is the catalog / online search of the Good Library print book and ebook collection. Along with GC's book collection, it shows book holdings of libraries across the world, most of them available for free delivery through interlibrary loan. Discovery's results also include many academic articles, although going directly to EBSCO, JSTOR, or other collections often provide the best results.

Screenshot of WorldCat Discovery search box

WorldCat Discovery includes:

  • Good Library print books
  • Good Library ebooks
  • Books available to borrow from other libraries
  • Other physical items available at the library (movies, board games, etc.)

After finding background information searching for books in WorldCat Discovery is often the next step for a college level research project. Academic articles may be written with too narrow of a focus for your research, and a chapter of a academic book (or the entire book) is often exactly what you need.

Searching WorldCat Discovery

When searching in WorldCat Discovery it is best to search four to six words / terms at a time. Instead of searching

polar bears


What are effective habitat efforts to protect polar bears?

instead simply search

habitat conservation for polar bears

Within many full length books on polar bears will also be chapters devoted specifically to the habitat conservation efforts for polar bears.

Finding Books in the Stacks and Online

Goshen College - Good Library 2015Did you find the book you're looking for? Great! Directions of where to locate the book are listed below the book title and author. Print books are located in the following locations:

        Good Library

        Merry Lea

        Chemistry Reading Room

For books located outside of the Good Library, simply ask for the book at the front desk and we will  have it for you within 36 business hours.

To find the book you're looking for:

  • eBooks: Click on the blue View eBook button. You will be asked to login using your GC email and password.
  • Print books: Look for the location (Good Library 2nd Floor) and the call number (QC981.8 L663 2010). Go to the location and follow the signs to the call number.

Requesting Books from Other Libraries

WorldCat Discovery searches books from libraries worldwide. Sometimes you will find the perfect book, but it happens to be held by another library. Don't panic, you can request most books in WorldCat Discovery free of charge through interlibrary loan.

To request books in WorldCat Discovery.

  1. In the search results, click on the book title
  2. Look in the right hand column for Access Options
  3. Look for a blue Request It! button and tap it.
    (you may see more than one button, clicking any Request It! button will take you to the same form.
  4. Fill out the request information and click submit.
  5. Wait around a week. Your book will be available for pickup at the library front desk and we will email you when we have it.