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Collaborative MBA: Finding Books

Collaborative MBA students who are registered as Bluffton students have a number of options for finding books and other materials. This guide will focus on finding books, but much of the content will be relevant to other formats as well.

Finding Books - An Overview

If you live close to Bluffton University:

  • Step One: Search the Bluffton Library Catalog . . . . request and pickup at Bluffton.
  • Step Two: Search the OhioLINK Catalog . . . . . . . . .request and pickup at Bluffton.
  • Step Three: Search Worldcat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .request through Interlibrary Loan and pickup at Bluffton.
  • Note: If you find the book through other means, e.g. Google, Amazon, check the OhioLINK catalog to see if the book is available for requesting.

If you live in Ohio (or nearby) and are close to an OhioLINK library:

  • Step One: Search the OhioLINK Catalog . . . . . . . . .request and pickup at an OhioLINK library close to you.
  • Step Two: Search Worldcat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . contact Bluffton for procedures on how to access the book.
  • Note: If you find the book through other means, e.g. Google, Amazon, check the OhioLINK catalog to see if the book is available for requesting.

If you live outside Ohio:

  • Step One: Search the Bluffton Library Catalog . . .    contact Bluffton for procedures on how to access the book.
  • Step Two: Search the OhioLINK Catalog . . .  . . . . . .contact Bluffton for procedures on how to access the book.
  • Step Three: Search Worldcat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . contact Bluffton for procedures on how to access the book.
  • Note: If you find the book through other means, e.g. local university or public library catalog, Google, Amazon, contact Bluffton.
  • We will work with you individually to be sure you get the resources you need. This may include options such as chapter scans, mailing a book to you, providing access to the ebook version, or helping you find the item at a library close to you. Don't give up on a book. Be in touch with us and let us help you.

WINDOW (Another Option for Finding Books)

WINDOW searches many research databases as well as the Bluffton Catalog. It is often used for finding journal articles, but it can also be used for finding books (as an alternative to other methods described in this guide).

Search results from WINDOW may include both books and articles. To limit your search to the Bluffton Catalog, look at the column on the left-hand side of the screen and check the box for Bluffton Catalog.

To expand your search to OhioLINK, click on the Search button at the bottom of the OhioLINK Catalog widget on the right side of the screen.

Bluffton Library Catalog

Search the Bluffton Library Catalog to find materials that are available in Bluffton's Musselman Library, including resources sitting our shelves or available as e-books.

From any Bluffton Library catalog search results page, you can expand your search to OhioLINK by clicking on the Search OhioLINK button at the top of the screen.

OhioLINK Catalog

The OhioLINK Catalog includes the collections of 118 member academic libraries in Ohio.

You can search OhioLINK by clicking on the Search OhioLINK button in the Bluffton Catalog, or by going directly to the OhioLINK Catalog using the link on the library's homepage.

Learn more about OhioLINK

WorldCat

WorldCat is a searchable database of collections from libraries around the world.  Collaborative MBA students can search WorldCat, and, if useful materials are found, one can request those items using our Interlibrary Loan form (if you live close enough to pick up the book at Bluffton). Musselman Library staff will attempt to borrow the item from a library that owns the item.

If you don't live close to Bluffton, you can ask us for help in accessing these materials.

Need Help? Ask Us!

Unsure about what you're reading here?  Visit our Need Help - Ask Us page and connect with a Bluffton librarian who can help you understand.