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Some helpful sources at the John Paul II Library

Iter Bibliography

Information on the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

On campus access only---cites journals and essays, some as far back as 1784.

America: History and Life - available from OhioLINK-note-only American History.

Historical Abstracts-available from OhioLINK-from 1450-present

Humanities International Complete- available from OhioLINK-good for classical period, renaissance.

Academic Search Complete- available from OhioLINK—may limit to full text and peer reviewed articles, includes articles covering every period of human history.


Some important facts about Inter Library Loan---

Books take at least 3 days

Articles take at least 5 days—print citation and write your contact information and the words Interlibrary loan request on the top of the page. Please give to the person at the circulation desk. If submitting a list, please make it very clear as to which articles you wish to order. (please order handwritten next to each one you want is fine)

A dissertation is a book—written to fulfill the requirements of the doctoral degree. It is usually available from the granting institution—or can sometimes be purchased from UMI ( about $40 ) Rarely, a dissertation can be ordered as a book via OhioLINK.

Please print the article citation from the database. The ISSN number is very important—it can be found on most databases—please include it.


Journals in John Paul II Library

Some of the databases do not include the full text of the article. (ITER and Philosopher’s Index have very limited full text access. Please check availability before any requests.)

Find articles by title of journal works very well for checking to see if an ITER article is available full text in any database that JPII has available.

The library subscribes to over 400 journals. Current copies are on the main floor and the older copies are on the second floor, bound and arranged in call number order. Some older journals are in storage and there is a 24-hour turn around on requests.

You may check to see if we subscribe to a journal by checking the JPII catalog.

PLEASE REMEMBER to search by the exact name of the journal.

Before asking for an article via ILL, be sure to check and see if the library has the journal available here.


Searching Tips


Please do not limit your search too soon—a very narrow search will yield poor results. Example—a biography of General James Longstreet will not have subject headings for Gettysburg unless that battle is a special focus of the book. You are expected to bring your knowledge of the subject to the searching process. Special encyclopedias are an excellent way to increase your knowledge, define specialized terms and deepen your understanding of a topic.







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