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Our goal at Butler University Libraries is to assist in the discovery and use of information, and we've got so many tools to provide access to information that we understand it can be overwhelming.

If you're looking for a book or article, the WorldCat Discovery search box returns results both from Butler University's collections as well as items from libraries around the world. Use the search limiters on the left side of the results page to refine further - if we don't have access to an item, buttons to place a hold via PALShare or request on Interlibrary Loan will get you the item through library-provided services.

While WorldCat Discovery contains millions of article citations alongside books, media, and scores, our 200+ individual research databases tailored to specific subjects or disciplines can provide you with a more precise and tailored search experience. If you have an article citation already and just need to see if or where the Libraries have access to it, try looking it up in Journals A-Z.

Both Irwin Library and the Science Library maintain a shelf of items placed on reserve by faculty for students in individual courses, and those items can be looked up in the Course Reserves section of WorldCat Discovery.

Items which are rare, valuable, or tell the history of Butler University are available in the Rare Books, Special Collections, and University Archives department. These materials may only be consulted in that department, but may be looked up using WorldCat Discovery - just limit your search to Special Collections using the options on the left side of the screen. Many collections have been digitized and are linked from our Digital Image Collections page - including Butler University's yearbook, The Drift.

Need help? Our Information Commons desk is available for assistance through chat, email, or phone at BU Answers, which also provides a searchable FAQ of well, questions we get asked a lot. You an also request more in-depth research assistance through the liaison librarian assigned to your college and department.