Don't be too specific in your keywords. When you are searching the EWU Library Catalog, it is looking for your keywords in the title of the book, the subject headings used to describe the content, and (for books from the last 20+ years) the table of contents and sometimes a summary of the book. In short, the words used in the record tend to be more general than the words used in a record for a journal article.
If you get too many results, then add more terms to focus.
Limit Your Search to EWU + Summit Books, Videos & More
The default search in the EWU Library Catalog includes citations to articles, which frankly, can muck up your search results when you really want books. So use the pulldown menu to limit to just books at EWU and in the Summit system.
For ELL, try "english language learner*" OR "second language acquisition" -- English Language Learner(s) is commonly used in the titles/descriptions, but the subject heading in the catalog is Second Language Acquisition. Thus search for both.
Browse ELL books
The EWU Library Catalog gives you access to all the library's books, videos, CDs, government publications, as well as articles on all subjects.
What’s in the catalog?
If you don't have a particular item in mind, type in your keywords as you would in Google, as a string of words.
Know the title or author?
If you know the exact title of the item, type in the title "in quotes" and the last name of the author (if known).
Click Browse in the top bar and type in the title and/or author. (Note: The Browse function only works for EWU holdings of books or videos, not for titles held by other libraries.)
Refining Your Search
Because the EWU Library Catalog has records for all types of resources, you will very likely need to limit your search results. Note all the limiters on the left side, as well as some quick limiters at the top.
Mark Your Records
See the push pin icon on the far right (labeled "Keep this item" if you hover over it)?
Click it and it will change the push pin icon and highlight the brief record yellow. You have marked a record temporarily. Click the push pin icon in the top right corner to view your marked records.
The last line of the brief record describes where the item is located.
If the wording is green, that means it is readily available, either online or physically on our shelves at the JFK Library in Cheney or Spokane Academic Library.
If the wording is yellow, that means you'll have to request it. Click Check request options - held by Summit libraries. You must be logged in to request the item -- you'll be prompted to if you aren't already.
Once you are logged in, click the link Place Summit request (4-8 days). The form will ask you:
Click REQUEST. You will be notified via your EWU email address when the item is ready to be picked up.
If the wording is gray, that means either:
While the EWU Library Catalog has millions of records, it only will search through the holdings of the 39 Summit libraries. If you can't find a specific book, video, CD, etc., then go to the EWU WorldCat Catalog and re-do your search. WorldCat has records from thousands of libraries worldwide. You may request the item via Interlibrary Loan.