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FYSE 1534: Who Owns Culture?

Research guide for students in FYSE 1534

Physical Books

Use MIDCAT to find books in the library:

  • Search for the title, author, or broad keywords
  • Check your spelling!
  • Open a record and check the availability, then note the call number

If at any point you get stuck, send Leanne an email ( or connect with the other librarians via chat (found on any library website or at go/askus/).

Library Maps

Use the call number to locate a book from MIDCAT using maps of the library.


E-books are the best resource to access while studying off-campus. This is because you will have instant access to any e-books we provide, we are mailing physical books, but this will take more time.

Find an e-book:

  1. Start LibrarySearch (
  2. Enter your search terms into the main bar.
  3. Use the left side filters, check the boxes for "Available at Middlebury" and then open the filter called "Limit by Source Type" operation. Check the boxes Electronic Resources and Ebooks.
  4. All the remaining results are e-books available through the library.

Can't I Just Use Google?

Yes you can, but library platforms will provide the greatest access to scholarly resources. We encourage you to learn these systems, when you become fluent with them finding relevant information will become much easier.

Best way to check if we have a resource:

Open LibrarySearch and create a Title search with quotations around the title. The quotes make sure you are searching for that exact title and not each word in the title as a keyword.

Sample search

Easy way to check, but not as reliable:

If you prefer to use Google or Google Scholar, try adding the "Reload via Midd Lib" button to your favorites bar. When you find an article you want to read from a non-library webpage, click on it to see if we have access.


To install Reload via Midd Lib:

  1. Drag this link up to the bookmarks toolbar in your browser (or save it to your favorites toolbar): Reload via Midd Lib
  2. You will now see a new button in your toolbar: "Reload via Midd Lib."
  3. Now, if an online resource asks you to log in, click the Midd Lib button to reload the page and log in with your Middlebury username and password.
  4. If the Library has a subscription to the resource through the website that you're using, you will be able to view it.

Reminder: This tool will only help if the Middlebury Library has a subscription to the resource from the provider of the outside link. Often we do have access to the article you're looking for, but from a different provider.