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Media, Art, and Performance (MAP): Finding Books

This guide has information for researchers in all areas of Media, Art, and Performance.

Tips For Starting Out

- Always write down the call number of your book, because this is what allows you to locate the book on the shelf.

- In the Archer Library, non-reference books are on floors 3-5.

- Not all books in the library are considered scholarly books.  Check here for tips on determining if a book is scholarly enough to use in your essay.

Off-Campus Library Services

If you both live and study outside of Regina, check out below Guide:

Books Not In The Library

Looking for a book that's not in the library?  Find books outside our collection using the resources in the boxes below.

Once you have information about the book you need from another collection, make an inter-library loan (ILL) request.


WorldCat is the world's largest bibliographic database, with approximately 180 million bibliographic records of any type of material, in 470 languages.  It's like being able to search through all the libraries of the world at once.  Use it to determine if you have located all books in your subject area, or to see if a book will be easily available through Inter-Library Loan.

Includes access to separate parallel databases such as ArticleFirst (articles), PapersFirst (conference papers), Proceedings (conferences), and OISter (digital objects).

WorldCat (licenced)

WorldCat (free version)

Finding Books

Start looking for books by using the Library's QuickFind:

  1. Enter search terms related to your research.
  2. On your results page, click on "Books" under "Resource Type" on the left side of the page.
  3. If you're not seeing useful books, alter your search terms, or use the "Refine Your Search" tools on the left side of the page.
  4. Once you find a book you'd like to access, click on the title. Look for the call number, next to the name of the Library the books is in (example: if you see "ARCHER Library ARCHER PR 2976 D97" then the call number is PR 2976 D97).
  5. To get a book in person, write down the call number and go to the floor the book is shelved on (check the maps posted in the Library stair/elevator areas).

Want to recommend a book?  Let us know!

Boolean Searching

This brief video will walk you through how Boolean searching works.