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Covers a wide range of topics including: health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, the U.S. economy, crime, and civil liberties.
Oxford Reference includes dictionaries, including authoritative dictionaries for many languages, encyclopedias, and companions, featuring more in-depth but still brief entries, e.g. Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization.
WorldCat is a comprehensive library catalog of books, web resources, and other material worldwide.
Integrated features include a link to ASA, Lehigh's Library Catalog, an interlibrary loan request form, Library of Congress Subject Headings, library holdings and powerful search options for language, place of publication, material type, etc. Includes records representing 400 languages.
Try your luck searching the full text of books using Google Books... perhaps the book you need is out of copyright and available in its entirety. Or its full text searching capability might find something useful that you can get here at Lehigh or borrow through PALCI or Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad).
Borrowing Books or Obtaining Articles from other libraries
Use the following tools when Lehigh's libraries don't own the books you need.
A consortium of academic libraries in Pennsylvania and nearby states allows you to conduct a search by title, subject or author and then directly submit a borrowing request. Noteworthy for its very fast delivery time. Limited to books.
If a book you need is not available from PALCI, the ILLIAD service can borrow from libraries anywhere in the country. First time users will need to fill out a form to register for the free service. Illiad is also the service you will use to obtain copies of articles from journals and periodicals.