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ENG 200 - Americans Abroad

Quick Link to HillSearch

Search the library's print and electronic collections of books, ebooks, videos, and more:

Using HillSearch

HillSearch, the library's catalog, allows you to search for a variety of materials including print books, electronic books, streaming media and government documents. For the this class, please keep the following things in mind when searching HillSearch:

  • Use short, succinct search terms as opposed to Google-like searches. For example, if I'm interested in themes of masculinity in Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, I could use the search Hemingway masculinity. 
  • When you retrieve your results, you can narrow your results set in a variety of ways including by publication date, type of resource (books vs. video) and format of book (print vs. electronic). Limiting search results to electronic books might be helpful for students studying remotely.
  • When you have found an item that is relevant to your research, pay close attention to the subject terms associated with that work. The subject terms will help you find additional resources.
Entering Search Terms and Retrieving Results

The figures below illustrate the search features described above. Please note:

1. My search terms - Hemingway masculinity

2. Under format, I can limit my search to eBooks to get access to those items available in digital format

3. Under location - Main Stacks indicates the book is in the print collection

4. If an item is an eBook, the record will contain a link to the item. Click on the link to reach the book online.

image of catalog search for himingway masculinity

Reading a Bibliographic Record

Once you have found an item that is relevant, click on the title to look at the full record. Pay attention to the subject terms associated with the record, which are hyperlinked (as illustrated in No. 5 below). In this case, I could click on the subject term for machismo in literature and retrieve the records for all the items in our collection related to that subject term.

Search WorldCat Via MacPhaidin Library

 Click to search WorldCat

Use WorldCat to search thousands of libraries' catalogs. You can serach by title, author, keyword and other search options. If Stonehill does not own a book or other item you would like to use, you can discover whom in Massachusetts or the world might own it. WorldCat has an interactive link with our interlibrary loan system.

Google Books

Google Books can be used to search the full text of books from title to index. You can search for certain phases in a book, search the index and get a preview of the book's content. If you find a relevant book you can download a complete book if it is in the public domain.  You can purchase books to be loaded on to an iPhone, iPad, or other device. You can also request books that are relevant to your research by using the library's interlibrary loan system, Illiad.

Full View: You can access the complete work if it is out of copyright or if the author or publisher has allowed the book to be available in a fully viewable format. You can view any page and if the book is in the public domain you can download, save or print a PDF version. You can search the content of the book.

Limited Preview:  A limited number of pages from the book will be available for viewing and content searching is allowed.

Snippet View: Just a few sentences to display your search term in context of the book. Publishing information is available at this level.

No Preview Available: Just the basic bibliographic information about the book will be displayed.

Google Book Search
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