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Deaf Studies: Finding Books and Media

Library Catalog


Loan Periods

Need to know how long you can keep materials? Click here for loan periods and fines.


Your instructor may have placed course materials and/or textbooks on reserve for your class. Reserve items may be "checked out" on the first floor for 2-hour use within the library. You may search for Reserve items by clicking on "Course Reserves" on the Library website.

Searching the Library catalog

Use the library catalog to find books and DVDs on your topic.

Go to:


  1. Click on "Library Catalog"
  2. Type: deaf poetry


Keyword search results look like this:


A subject search is a focused search, see pictures below:

Review and click on the best Subject Headings to reveal a list of books and DVDs.



Notice there are only 3 results--a tip that keyword searching may pick up more titles.


 Notice the instructions for searching just below the initial search box.

Using I-Share

Don't forget!

We are connected to 70+ academic libraries in Illlinois.
Use your Harper ID Card to request books from other schools via the catalog.

Look for the "I-Share" tab in the Harper College Library catalog, or the phrase

"Repeat search in All I-Share Libraries".

Interlibrary Loan

If you can't find books or articles owned by the Harper College Library you can request them through Interlibrary Loan. Access the electronic request form through the "Online Forms" and "Borrow from other Libraries" links on the library home page. Be sure to fill out as much information as possible on the form (i.e. contact information such as first and last name, phone number and email and item information such as title, author, date of publication, and any article information.  The service is free to Harper students and employees.