Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

IART-101-01-F22: InterArts (Rutherford): Use OneSearch

Get Research Help!

Profile Photo
Caitlin Kennedy
Subjects: Theater and Dance

Library of Congress (LC) call numbers

Find a Book in the Stacks

You will need a call number to find where a book sits on the shelf. 

Trinity uses Library of Congress (LC) call numbers, which are alpha-numeric codes used to identify individual items and their place on the shelf.  

To find a book using the LC call number, first locate the section of books that share the same first line of the call number.

Within that group, locate the books that share the second line of the call number.  Repeat line by line until you find the book you need.

Read a Call Number


1. Read the first line alphabetically. 

2. Read the second line as a whole number. 

  • 8 comes before 805 and 805 comes before 900.

3. Read the third line alphabetically and as a decimal. 

  • .E58 and .F158, come before .F58. and .F58 comes before .F658.

4. Read the fourth line as a whole number. This is the year of publication. 

5. In a multi-volume set, the fifth line designates the volume number of the book.

Request Books from CTW

The acronym CTW stands for Connecticut College, Trinity College, and Wesleyan University. As a student at Trinity College, you have the same borrowing privileges at Conn and Wesleyan as you have here at Trinity. For example, you can borrow books for 28 days and renew them 11 times.

Follow these steps to request a CTW book:

1. Sign in


2. Click on the name of the holding library (i.e., Wesleyan University or Connecticut College)


3. Click the "Request" link


4. Select "Trinity College Library" as the pickup location from the drop down menu, then "Send Request"

Start with One Search

What is OneSearch?

OneSearch is a one-stop place to search for resources available in the Trinity, Wesleyan, and Connecticut College libraries and beyond. You can use this tool to find resources in a variety of formats:

  • physical books (fiction and nonfiction)
  • ebooks
  • scholarly articles published in peer-reviewed academic journals
  • newspaper articles and other popular sources (blogs, trade publications, social media)
  • DVDs and streaming films
  • archival materials
  • much more!

Why Use OneSearch?

If you want to get a sense of how much information is available for your topic, then this is a good place to start searching. You can see how much (or how little) your topic has been researched and written about by scholars in the past, and you can also get a sense of the types of sources available. Are your search results primarily peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles, or popular sources like newspaper articles?

If most of the results are scholarly, what journals are they published in (and what academic disciplines)? This can provide context for the existing scholarly conversations around your topic and direct your research strategy. 

Get Started

Click the OneSearch image below to go to the Library home page. 

Make the Most of OneSearch

Make the Most of OneSearch

Advanced Search

Use the advanced search option to break your research topic into multiple keywords.

  • Keywords are the main ideas of your research question. 
  • You can connect keywords with AND, OR, or NOT.
    • Use AND to search for articles that contain both your keywords.
    • Use OR to search for articles that contain one or the other of your keywords. This works best for synonyms (i.e. film OR movie).
    • Use NOT to exclude articles that contain one keyword from your search (i.e. adaptations NOT film would remove articles about film adaptations from your search results).
  • Use quotation marks to keep compound keywords together, like "Little Women" or "children's literature."
  • Use an asterisk to search multiple versions of the same word, like teen* for teen, teens, teenager, teenage, etc.


Off Campus Access

When you're off campus, make sure that you are signed in with your Trinity credentials to get full access to library databases.


What if we don't have it?

Interlibrary Loan

If Trinity doesn't have access to a book, article, or other resource you need, first check if it is available from CTW (see column to the left, "Request Books from CTW"). If not, you can still request the resource with Interlibrary Loan, or ILL.

Scholarly and Popular Sources

What Makes an Article Scholarly?

Scholarly articles go through the Peer Review Process in order to be published in an academic journal.

The video below from North Carolina State University Libraries breaks down the Peer Review Process in just three minutes.

Peer Review in Three Minutes from NC State University Libraries on Vimeo.