Finding Books: Island Studies

To find books, microforms, or audiovisual materials about your subject, use the Library's Online Catalogue. Location codes and call numbers are included for each item. Selected electronic resources are also included in the Library Catalogue.

Please note that while all books/materials purchased for the UPEI Library from the dedicated Island Studies collection fund can be retrieved by a keyword search for "Island Studies Program Collection" (this will retrieve approx. 980 items as of Fall 2017), you should not confine your searches to this collection. Considering the highly interdisciplinary nature of Island Studies, it is quite possible that relevant items may have been purchased using other program funds (History, Political Science, Geography, etc., etc.) and so would not be found by a search limited to Island Studies: be prepared to supplement your catalogue searches with keywords, subject terms, as suggested below.

To find materials on a particular topic, begin with a keyword search of the Library Catalogue. Enter your search terms. Scan the results for relevant titles and look at the subject headings assigned to the individual titles. These subject links can then be used to search for similar items.

Examples of subject headings to check:

Islands of the Atlantic
States -- Small

Also, names of specific islands, such as:

Faroe Islands
Puerto Rico

Many headings are used with subdivisions, either for a particular geographical area, such as:

Economic development -- Prince Edward Island
Tourism -- Pacific Area

or for a particular topic, such as:

Islands -- Economic conditions
Islands of the Pacific -- History

For help in deciding on subject headings to check, consult the Library of Congress Subject Headings, which can be found in the hallway next to the Learning Commons on the Main level.

The Library acquires copies of all post-graduate theses accepted by UPEI, including those from M.A.(IS) students: to see a full listing, just do a keyword Catalogue search for thesis m.a. island studies. Paper copies of theses are kept in the University Archives, and may be requested at the Library Information Desk; microfiche copies are available in the adjacent Microforms area. The Library is also working with the Island Studies program to make an extra copy of each M.A. (IS) thesis available for borrowing in the Stacks; although this is still a work in progress, some M.A. (IS) theses can be found there now. 

Other books (with the exception of those in Reference and Special Collections) are shelved by Library of Congress call number on the Upper Level. Microforms (microfilm and microfiche) are shelved in the Special Collections area on the Main Level. Audiovisual materials (videocassettes, audiocassettes, LPs, and CDs) are shelved in the Collaboratory on the Main Level.

Created by: Betty Jeffery, B.A., M.L.S.
Former Instructional Services Coordinator
Date Created: 09-December-2003
Date Revised: 13-September-2017 (Simon Lloyd, Island Studies Liaison Librarian)