To find books in our library, search the Library Catalog - you can also search directly via the search box on the library's homepage.
Remember to look for field guides related to your site!
When you find books that look useful, write down the Location & the Call Number.
General Collection, A - PQ are on the Third Floor
General Collection, PR - Z are on the Second (Main) Floor
Oversize, A - Z are on the Third Floor
Reference, A - Z are on the Second (Main) Floor.
Once you are in the right area, signs on the sides of the shelves will direct you further. The system is a little tricky to figure out at first, so don't hesitate to ask for directions at the Circulation Desk or Reference Desk.
Browse the shelves when you find a useful book. Books are shelved according to topic, so chances are you'll find other relevant books nearby.
You can check books out at the Information Desk.
To investigate your place, you might need to access local sources and organizations. These are the kinds of sources that don't necessarily pop up in traditional library searches. Here are some ideas and links:
To access Gustavus-only materials, start with the Gustavian Weekly; we have access to the college newspaper online since its beginning. If you're researching a specific building or office, see what you can find through searching the Gustavus website, too. (For example, if you're researching the Gustavus Library, we have an online timeline and we also have lots of information and data on our Policies and Publications page)
There are also a number of books about Gustavus & its history in the library. I've put a couple of them on this guide (below) but you will also want to search the library catalog for "Gustavus Adolphus College" and see what else you can find.
There are lots of places to find environmental data. Researchers are collecting and publishing their work in scientific journals. You can also find a lot of environmental data from the government. Search a few different places to make sure you're finding the best data for your topic. Here are some suggestions:
Librarians are here to help!