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Finding Books in MaagNet

Books and other materials about the industry you are researching may be found through MaagNet, the Maag Library online catalog. Use MaagNet to locate items available in Maag Library. Search by Author, Title, Keyword, or Subject Heading. Click on a title to access the record for an item, where you will see the item’s Location, Call Number, and Status. This information lets you determine if the book is available and where it is located in the library. Maag Stacks materials are shelved alphabetically by call number on floors 3-6A. Oversize materials are located on the first bank(s) of shelves on each floor. To determine on which floor of the library your item is shelved, use the Building Guide online or signs posted in the Reference Room and by the elevators.

Also, if you scroll down in the item’s record, you will find the Library of Congress Subject Headings under which that book has been classified. By clicking on the listed subject headings, you can find other materials on the same or similar topics.

Comment Icon0 To efficiently find books about a specific industry in either catalog, search for the industry as a Subject Heading . For example, if you were looking for information on the steel industry, search by subject for steel. The results you retrieve will list a variety of more specific subjects. Select the one closest to the type of information you need. These subjects may include industry history, related industries (such as Steel pipe industry), and information about the industry in various countries. If you are looking for the most recent information about an industry, books are the least useful resource available through Maag Library. With the time it takes to write, publish and distribute books, the information is not the most up-to-date. See the Business Databases section for help on locating current information about an industry.

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Finding & Requesting Books in OhioLINK

Comment Icon0 Use the OhioLINK Library Catalog to locate items available through other OhioLINK institutions. Available items may be requested and delivered to Maag Library for checkout (allow 3-5 days delivery time).

Comment Icon0 Use the same search techniques to search the OhioLINK Library Catalog that you use in MaagNet. Once you have located a book that you would like to request, check the Status column under Library Holdings. You may have to click on Display Holdings of OhioLINK Libraries. As long as one of the libraries lists the book as AVAILABLE, you may request it:

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  • Click on green Request button.
  • Select Youngstown State from the dropdown list of institutions and Submit.
  • Enter your name.
  • Enter your YSU ID# (number beginning with “Y” found on your YSU ID or in your portal account).
  • Enter your PASSWORD. **Until you set up a unique one in Your Library Record your YSU ID# is your password**
  • Click on green Submit button.

Comment Icon0 You will see a confirmation screen that tells you if your transaction has been successful. Delivery time is approximately 3 to 5 days. When your items arrive, an email will be sent to your YSU email account. To check the status of your request, go to Your Library Record and log in using your name, YSU ID# and password. A request will have one of three statuses: REQUESTED, IN TRANSIT or OHIOLINK RECVD. OHIOLINK RECVD indicates the item is ready for checkout at the Circulation Desk.

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Finding Electronic Books

Comment Icon0 YSU students, faculty & staff have access to thousands of electronic books available through the databases listed below:

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Electronic Book Center (OhioLINK) contains the full texts of thousands of scholarly and reference e-books from several publishers, covering many subject areas.

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EBSCO eBook Collection (formerly NetLibrary) is a library of electronic books (e-books) on many academic subjects. The collection includes thousands of titles purchased by OhioLINK, plus thousands of public-domain e-books. Users can preview an e-book online, peruse a page, read each page in depth, jump to specific chapters or pages, or use links in the Table of Contents or Index to go directly to specific chapters of interest. Every word in every book is searchable. NetLibrary operates on the library check-out model, where readers check out e-books for a specified amount of time.

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Safari Books Online provides electronic books in computer science, information technology, business, and related fields from O’Reilly, Pearson, and other IT and business publishers.

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