- ORU Library Catalog
- LC Call Numbers
- Locating a Book
- Special Collections
- Other Library Catalogs
- Free eBooks on the Web
Books & eBooks in the ORU Library — Library Catalog
- ORU Library Catalog
- Includes records on all types of library materials, including books, in-house journals, videos, DVDs, audiobooks, and ebooks, with links to the
ebook full text.
- Search options include: title, author, subject, keyword, reserve materials by professor or course, and more.
When you find an item in the catalog, record the location, call number and status so that you can find it in the library.
- To access your library account to renew books online, check your due dates, update your library profile, and more,
use the My Library, My Account link. Enter your name and the barcode at the bottom of your student ID.
- To refine your search results 1)
use alternative search fields, such as author or subject, 2) limit the resource types--DVD, ebooks, Reference, etc.--or 3) use the sort feature. More
- To create a list of records use the Book Cart button.
view your list of records click View Saved at the top of the page. Click the
Extended Display button at the top to get the call number, library location and status so that you can find the item in the library.
The ORU Library subscribes to several ebook collections
that provide access to more than 80,000 ebooks. eBrary and eBook Collection are the two main ebook databases.
Each ebook collection contains unique titles and are not merely digitized versions of print books in the Library.
The ebook titles and records are in the ORU Library Catalog, with links to the ebook, so you can search the library catalog to find and access ebooks, or select and search an ebook collection.
Click to see how
to find an ebook in the ORU Library catalog and follow the links.
Type your search. Change View Entire Collection to Ebooks > click Search.
From the list of results, click a book title to view the full
Click the View content of ...E-book link to access the ebook. Another window opens either NetLibrary
or ebrary database and brings up the book with its full content.
- More than 70,000 academic ebooks from scholarly and professional publishers. ~110
Encyclopedias | ~230
- Quick Start Guide |Tutorial | apps (iPad,
iPhone, iPod touch) | Download options
View search strategies
To search the entire collection, type a simple search or click "Advanced" for multiple field
and text box options.
To browse and/or search by specific subject area use the "All Subjects" link at the top of the ebrary page.
To narrow your title results list click a subject, or several subjects, at the top of the page.
To open the ebook, click the title or book jacket image.
To view the most relevant chapters from all the books, click the Chapter Results tab next to the Title Results tab.
To use the Text-to-speech function: After you have found a book, click the ebrary Reader button to
open a book in ebrary's reader. Choose the "Speech" tab. Highlight text to be read or just click the "Read the selected text button" for
the page to be read.
View ebrary's Free "Open
Collection: Nonfiction - Elementary School Edition EBSCO (~1,300 ebooks)
Collection: Nonfiction - High School Edition EBSCO (~2,450 ebooks)
Collection: Nonfiction - Middle School Edition EBSCO (~3,100 ebooks)
full-text ebooks related to nursing and the nursing profession. More
materials include online full text handbooks, specialized encyclopedias, subject dictionaries, atlases, and other sources. They provide objective
background information, quick facts, statistics, biographies, and more. To find a reference title, search the ORU library catalog and limit your results
to reference or search one of ORU's reference databases listed below.
- Sample eReference Titles:
- Reference databases below marked with have
broad coverage and are excellent resources to begin researching your topic.
- Biography in Context
- 600,000+ biographies covering 525,000+ individuals throughout history. More
- CollegeSource Online
- "65,166 digital college catalogs,
institution profiles, transcript keys," and more.
- "Political & Economic Intelligence, Analysis, Forecasts & News Across the Globe." 192
countries as well as many non-sovereign nations. More
- CQ Researcher - advanced
- In-depth coverage of current issues related to health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment,
technology, and the economy. More
- Credo Reference
Training Videos: Using
the Concept Map | Using
Find a Book | Keyword
Searching | Advanced
- Encyclopædia Britannica
- Summary and in-depth articles on every branch of human knowledge; includes biographies, maps, photos, drawings, flags, audio/video clips, and Web
- Funk & Wagnalls
New World Encyclopedia
- Over tens of thousands of encyclopedic entries searchable by subject or keyword and covering a variety of subject areas; updated annually. More
- Gale Virtual Reference Library
Judaica, 2d ed., 22 vol., 2007
of Philosophy, 2d ed., 10 vol., 2006
Encyclopedia of Political Science, 5 vols., 2005
of Religion, 2d ed., 15 vol. 2005
of Science, Technology, and Ethics, 4 vol., 2005
of Sociology, 2d ed., 5 vol., 2001
Gale Encyclopedia of Science, 4th ed., 6 vol., 2008
Encyclopedia of Marriage and the Family, 2d ed., 4 vol., 2003
Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2d ed., 9 vol., 2008 s
Catholic Encyclopedia, 2d ed., 15 vol., 2003, and supplements (2001, 2009, 2010, 2011)
Dictionary of the History of Ideas, 6 vol., 20
- Literary Encyclopedia
- Focuses on literature originally written in English or translated into English; authoritative summaries written by 1,500+
experts; edited by a scholarly board. (requires individual
registration using ORU email) More
- Literary Reference
- Full text for 34,000+ plot summaries, 100,000 articles/essays of literary criticism, 179,000+ author biographies, 450 literary journals,
675,000+ book reviews, 74,000 poems, 18,000 short stories, and 6,100+ author interviews. More
• Beacham's Research
Guide to Biography and Criticism
Columbia Companion to the 20th Century American Short Story,
Encyclopedia of British Literature
Guide to Science Fiction & Fantasy Literature
Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature
New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics
Directory of Periodicals
- Detailed information about the journals indexed in the MLA International Bibliography; includes editorial contact information, frequency,
circulation, subscription prices, and submission guidelines. More
- Oxford English Dictionary Online
- Guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words—past and present— from across the English-speaking world. More
of View Reference Center
- Provides essays that present multiple sides of 270+ current issues, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument), counterpoint
(opposing argument), and Critical Thinking Guide. More
- Serials Directory
- Access to accurate bibliographic information; includes current pricing structures for periodicals. More
- Current events information; social, political & economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics; full text articles from
diverse sources. More
- Includes: The World Almanac and Book of Facts, The World Almanac of the U.S.A., The World Almanac of U.S. Politics, The World Almanac for Kids, The
World Almanac Knowledge Source, and Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia. More
- Other samples of eReference:
Books - Library of Congress Call Number System
Partial List of LC Subject Categories
|General Works: Encyclopedias, Indexes, Almanacs, etc.
|Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Theology
|Psychology/ Parapsychology/ Occult
|Auxiliary Sciences of History: Archaeology, Archives, Genealogy, Biography
|History: General/Eastern Hemisphere
History: Western Hemisphere
Books and other materials in the ORU library are primarily organized using Library of Congress (LC) call numbers, a classification
system according to subject. Books about similar subjects will have a similar call number. So, once you locate a book on the shelves, books to the
right and left may also be of interest to you.
There are 21 major subject categories, or divisions, in the LC call number
system, represented by English letters.
The first letter of the call number represents a major category or subject.
B—Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, and Theology
The second letter of
a call number represents the specific sub-section within the general subject area. For example, materials with call numbers beginning with "BR" are
on the subject of Church History, a subdivision under B (Philosophy, Psychology, Religion...)
first and second letters of a call number represent only the first line on the call number label. Additional numbers and letters that further define
a book are usually included in the call number.
For more detailed lists see:
• Modified LC Classification Outline as used by ORU
• Complete Library of Congress Classification Outline
to browse titles in a specific call number section in ebrary (ebooks):
Use Advanced search.
Change Search in menu to LC Call Number.
Type the call numbers.
Click Search ebrary.
It's like browsing virtual ebrary shelves.
(Refer to LC outlines.)
Each item in the ORU Library has its own unique
call number on a label that is usually taped on the spine of the book (or other item).
the Library Catalog to Get a Book's Call Number
To find an item in the library you need to know its call number. If you have a topic, or know the author's name or part of a title you can do a Keyword,
Author, or Title Keyword search, respectively.
Try a search
How to Read a Call Number
Call numbers are read one row at a time.
Example: The Revell Bible Dictionary, call number BS440.R484 1990
|Class Number — Read alphabetically.
B (major category) = Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Theology;
S = Bible
Subdivision (numbers further define the book's subject) — Read as a whole number or a mixed decimal. 440 =
|Cutter number — Read digit by digit as a decimal fraction.
|Other designation — Volume, part, or copy numbers; Publication date
|There may be a location code if the book is located somewhere in the library other than in the main circulating collection.
Example, LRC-R = Learning Resources Center, Reference
How Call Numbers are Arranged on the Shelves
Books and other library materials are arranged alphabetically according to LC call numbers. The chart below provides a sample of the shelf arrangement.
Top line - Read alphabetically.
2nd line - Read chronologically, as whole numbers.
3rd line - Read digit by digit, as in a fraction.
Call numbers do not always have the same number of lines, or the same amount of information. Therefore, shelf arrangement is
by the general rule of "nothing before something."
Books - ORU Special Collections
Once you have the call number you will need to find the book on the library shelves. When reading the book's record in the library catalog, remember to
note which floor it is on and the location code, which may identify a special collection as shown in the chart below.
||Collection Name and Location
||Curriculum Media Center, Education Center,
||McKissack Reading Collection, Education Department
(Go to the Education Department for assistance.)
||Holy Spirit Research Center,
||Periodicals/Microform (newspapers, magazines, etc.), Library Information Commons, 4th floor
Reference, Library Information Commons, 4th floor
Includes subject encyclopedias, specialized dictionaries, handbooks and
similar materials. To find specific reference titles, use the Library catalog and limit to "Reference Collection."
Books are shelved in Library
of Congress (LC) call number order, so similar subjects will be shelved next to each other. See: LC Classification
Reference books cannot be checked; however, some titles may have a duplicate in the main collection. Search the title you need in the library catalog
to see if the book is located elsewhere in the library and available for checkout.
||Reserve, Circulation Desk, 4th floor
||LaSor Collection, 4th floor
(Go to the Circulation Desk for assistance.)
||Santos Collection, 4th floor
(Go to the Circulation Desk for assistance.)
Books & eBooks — Audiobooks
- The library provides more than 250 audiobooks available for two week checkout,
renewable if needed.
- A small collection available online. "Search audiobooks, listen to samples, and download your selection." View
titles | Help pages | More
- Free on the Web
(Search the Web for sites that offer lists of high quality, freely available audio books.)
- Open Culture
- 450 free audio books; free downloads
- The Audio Books Project (Project Gutenberg)
- Offers free downloads with two options: human-read and computer-generated audio books. The collection includes numerous languages.
- Browse title list of human-read audio books.
- Browse title list of computer-generated audio books.
Books & eBooks — Other Library Catalogs
- Find books beyond the ORU library
Use the resources below to find additional materials. When the item you need is not available at ORU, you may request it through Interlibrary
- WorldCat.org free on the Web
A library catalog with more than
1.2 billion records for books and other materials in OCLC member libraries, worldwide.
books, websites, films and slides, musical scores, and more.
• Records represent 400 languages.
• Indicates libraries where materials are held. ...more
• Links to the item preview in GoogleBooks.com, if available.
• Use your Zip code to locate the closest library that has the book.
- Click Cite Export
within the detailed record to get a pop-up window
that shows the citation in APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA and Turabian styles. More
Preview this item
- If available, allows you to preview selected pages in GoogleBooks.com.
- To find allows you to find materials in a library or group of libraries in a specified city, state, etc. FirstSearch
- Google books free on the Web
- Some book previews and complete books available. More...
• Use "Find in Library" (left sidebar) to link to the item record in WorldCat.org.
• Connects to books with the Library Project and Partner
• If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given permission, Google Books provides a preview of the book.
• If the book is in public domain, you can freely download a PDF copy.
- Other Oklahoma Libraries
- Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow | Oklahoma
City University | Oklahoma Union Catalog | OSU
- Health Sciences Library | OSU Tulsa | OU
Tulsa | Phillips Theological Seminary | Tulsa
City-County | University of Tulsa | University
eBooks - Free "Open Access" eBook Collections
- African American Women Writers of the 19th Century, a selection
of published works.
- Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts: American and English literature as well as Western
philosophy. See also Alex 2.
- American Verse Project, an electronic archive of volumes of American poetry made
up of mostly 19th century poetry.
- The ARTFL Project, Public Databases: The Project for American
and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language) A collaboration between the French government and the University of Chicago.
- The Avalon Project at Yale Law School: Documents in law, history and
- Bartleby: Great books online. Search fiction, nonfiction, verse,
- Bible Gateway: The Bible in various versions and languages.
- Bible Study Tools: Multiple versions of the Bible, an interlinear Bible, a parallel Bible,
and other Bible study helps provided by Crosswalk.com.
- Bibliomania: Includes 2000+ free texts, study guides and reference
- Bitpipe.com: "The enterprise IT professional's guide to information technology
resources. Browse this free online library for the latest technical white papers, webcasts and product information to help you make intelligent IT product
purchasing decisions." Requires registration.
- Britannica Academic Edition, see What's
- A Celebration of Women Writers: A collection of works by women writers
gathered from over the centuries and from many countries.
- Christian Classics Ethereal Library: Works from various Christian traditions.
- Complete Works of Shakespeare: Drama and poetry.
- Core Documents of U.S. Democracy:
Documents which contain "information which is
vital to the democratic process and critical to an informed electorate."
- Digital Book Index: "Provides
links to more than 130,000 title records from more than 1800 commercial and non-commercial publishers, universities, and various private sites. About
90,000 of these books, texts, and documents are available free."
- The Digital Christian Library: "A
site dedicated to bringing public domain works onto the Internet for people to read and purchase."
- Distributed Digital Library of Mathematical Monographs
Collection: An electronic collection of over 2,000 public domain monographs in the field of mathematics.
- Documenta Catholica Omnia: A massive database of historical church documents including
Migne's Patrologia Latina & Patrologiae Graecae. The majority of the items are in Latin, many are in Greek, some are in English
and Italian, and a few are in French.
- Documenting the American South: A collection of sources on Southern history, literature and
culture from the colonial period through the early 20th century.
- Duke Papyrus Archive: "The
Duke Papyrus Archive provides electronic access to texts about and images of nearly 1400 papyri from ancient Egypt."
- Early Canadiana Online: "Early
Canadiana Online is a digital library containing over 1,560,000 pages in more than 8,690 volumes."
- Early Church Fathers - Additional Texts:
Edited by Roger Pearse, "these English
translations are all out of copyright, but were not included in the 38-volume collection of Ante-Nicene, Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers.... The texts
are listed in chronological order."
- Early Modern Philosophy: English versions of
key texts by such early modern philosophers as Bacon, Berkeley, Descartes, Hobbes, Hume, Kant, Leibniz, Locke, Malebranche, Mill, Reid, and Spinoza, "prepared with a view to making them easier
to read while leaving intact the main arguments, doctrines, and lines of thought." Created by Jonathan Bennett.
- ebrary - Free "Open Access" Collections
- The EServer:
Also known as the English Server. An "online community where hundreds of writers,
artists, editors and scholars gather to publish and discuss their works."
- The Franciscan Archive: "A
Web Resource on St. Francis and Franciscanism."
- FreeTechBooks.com: "free online computer
science and engineering books and lecture notes , all of which are legally and freely available over the Internet."
- Gallica: la bibliothèque numérique:
The Bibliothèque nationale de France
provides this library of French and francophone culture. It includes electronic texts, images, animations, maps, and sound files, and covers such subject
areas as economics, history, law, literature, philosophy, political science, and science.
- The Gnostic Society Library: "Includes over a thousand documents related to the Gnostic
tradition, including all major Gnostic writings and anti-Gnostic patristic texts." The collection is searchable here.
- Google Books Search:
Allows searching of digitized books. If a book is under copyright, a search result will provide basic bibliographic information about it, and "in many cases, a few snippets – a
few sentences showing your search term in context. If the book is out of copyright, you'll be able to view and download the entire book. In all cases,
you'll see links directing you to online bookstores where you can buy the book and libraries where you can borrow it."
- Great Books: An Index to Online Great Books in English Translation.
- HebrewBooks.org : 15,000 Classical Hebrew Books for Free Download. Tutorial.
- The Hebrew Text of the Tanach
- The Holy Father: Access to papal encyclicals, homilies, letters, and other documents
from Leo XIII to Benedict XVI provided by the Vatican website.
- Humanities Text Initiative: Electronic resources provided by the University of
- Hypertexts @ the University of Virginia: American Studies.
- Internet Archive: Cornell University Libraries Includes 70,000 public domain works.
Archive: Open-Access Text Archive: "The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an ‘Internet library,' with the
purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format."
Ancient History Sourcebook : "A ' classroom usable' sourcebook of copy-permitted material for ancient history and civilization courses."
Classics Archive: "Bringing the wisdom of the classics to the Internet since 1994."
Modern History Sourcebook: "A sourcebook of copy-permitted material for Modern European history and Modern Civilization courses." Includes North
American and Latin American documents.
- Internet Medieval Sourcebook: "An
online source book of copy-permitted, although not necessarily copyright-free, source material for Medieval Studies. It is the largest online resource
of medieval and Byzantine textual sources. "
- The Internet Public
Library Books Collection: A list of online books browsable by title.
Online Texts: 500+ Internet ebook sources (Internet Public Library/ Librarians' Internet Index) http://www.ipl.org
for Medieval Studies.
- Literary Resources on the Net: "A collection
of links to sites on the Internet dealing especially with English and American literature."
of America Books: Primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction.
of America: ~10,000 books and 50,000 journal articles. A digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum
period through reconstruction. Includes education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, science and technology and more.
Technical Reports: "Allows users to search the many different abstract and technical report servers maintained by various NASA centers
- National Academies Press: "The National Academies Press
is now offering many of its titles in digital PDF format. Hundreds of these books can be downloaded for free by the chapter or by the entire
book, while others are available for purchase."
- New Advent: Includes Catholic texts including
the Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Aquinas' Summa
Theologica, the Fathers of the Church, the Bible,
and other documents.
Online Books Page: More than 35,000 English works in various formats.
Literature Library: Classics.
- OpenLibrary (funded by the non profit organization,
Internet Archive) Over 1 million accessible books. Free downloadable ebooks. Use a keyword to browse books by books by subject more
Oxford Text Archives: Distributes 2,500+ resources in over 25 different languages.
Digital Library: Sources for the study of the humanities.
- Perseus Digital
Library: Collections include: Greek and Roman Materials, 19th-Century American, Renaissance Materials, Arabic Materials, and Germanic
Gutenberg: Full text of thousands of public domain e-texts. more
Wittenberg: A collection of e-texts by Luther and other Lutherans.
Over 200 electronic books by recognized religious scholars.
Movement Texts: "Historical texts... dealing with the Restoration Movement. This nineteenth-century unity and restitution effort by
Barton W. Stone and Thomas and Alexander Campbell spawned several distinct religious groups: the Churches of Christ, the Christian Churches,
and the Disciples of Christ."
Center for Electronic Text & Image: "SCETI, a fully integrated digital library, was created in 1996 to publish virtual facsimiles
of rare books and manuscripts in the Penn Library's collections."
in Quarto: View and compare the British Library's ninety-three copies of the twenty-one Shakespeare plays. ."
A. Edison Papers: "Over five million pages of documents . . . chronicle one of the most creative technical innovators in the history
of the world—Thomas Alva Edison."
- Thomas Aquinas'
Works in English: Read English translations of many, if not most, of St. Thomas's theological and philosophical works including both
of his Summas and his commentary on Lombard's Sentences as well as his Quaestiones Disputatae, his Opuscula,
and his commentaries on Aristotle and on the Bible. Available from Joseph Kenny, O.P., of the Dominican Institute associated with the University
of Ibadan in Nigeria.
- Tyndale Seminary's Virtual
Reading Rooms: Organized links to texts related to biblical studies, missional church, spiritual formation, theology, Christian ethics,
and history of Christianity. See, e.g., the Karl Barth Reading Room.
Unbound Bible: A collection of downloadable Bibles.
- Universal Digital
Library: "A free-to-read, searchable collection of one million books, available to everyone over the Internet."
of California Press: "The eScholarship Editions collection includes almost 2000 books from academic presses on a range of topics, including
art, science, history, music, religion, and fiction. Access to the electronic books is open to all University of California faculty, staff,
and students, while select books are available to the public. Print versions of many of the electronic books can be purchased directly
from the publishers."
- University of Virginia's
e-Book Library: Includes classic British and American fiction, major authors, children's literature, the Bible, Shakespeare, American
history, and African-American documents.
- The Victorian Web: "A resource
for courses in Victorian literature."
- Victorian Women Writers Project:
Works by 19th century British women.
- World Council of
Churches Documents Repositor: Includes "texts of many different types and levels of institutional authority." They are searchable full-text here and here.
World Factbook (CIA)
- Wordtheque: A
massive multilingual electronic library of "novels, technical literature and translated texts."