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Organization Development: Finding Books

Created for researching organization development and related topics.

Search Tip

Often, a successful search strategy uses both keyword searching and subject searching:

  1. Do a keyword search to find materials on your topic.

  2. Examine the list of materials to locate one whose content seems to match your topic.

  3. Once you have this one item on the computer screen, click on the Full Record linki to look at the subject/descriptor field and determine which subject/descriptor heading best matches your topic.

  4. Do a new search for material on your topic. This time, try a subject search for the subject/descriptor heading that looked promising.

Click here to read  tips about Word and Subject Searching and get an explanation of these different search strategies.

Saved Searches--By Subject

Check out these saved searches from the BGSU Libraries Catalog on a variety of organization development topics. To get the most recent publications first, do a SYSTEM SORT by REVERSE YEAR.

Searching the Catalogs for Books

To find books, follow links on the Libraries' home page to search the three main catalogs:


  • BGSU Libraries Catalog -- contains books, magazines and journals, videos, music, electronic resources that are owned by BGSU. Almost all of them are located on campus, with some located at the Firelands campus library and the Northwest Ohio Regional Book Depository (those can be requested).
  • OhioLINK Central Catalog -- contains books, videos, music, electronic resources from academic and some large public libraries in Ohio. Request online, delivery to Jerome Main Circulation desk in 2-3 business days.
  • WorldCat Catalog -- shows holdings of tens of thousands of academic, public, and special libraries internationally. Use this resource to verify that you have the correct information for requesting items not available from BGSU or OhioLink via Illiad. (Information includes such as exact title, identifying numbers such as ISBN, etc. to enter into data fields on the Illiad form and thus speed your request through the interlibrary loan process.)  Average delivery time is 17 days. If in doubt about whether we have an item at BGSU libraries, it's a good idea to get help from a reference librarian before using Illiad. There might be a faster way to get what you need than requesting via Illiad.

Searching for E-Books

No time to visit the library?

Do you prefer electronic access to books? 

BGSU has access to thousands of electronic books via multiple e-book collections.  Most e-books are accessible via the BGSU Libraries catalog, but not all.  The advantage of searching e-books collections directly is that 1) you may find books not yet in the BGSU catalog and 2) you can search within the full text of the ebooks.

Visit our E-Books Guide at for much more information and tips on searching & using e-books.   

To access most e-books from off-campus, you will need to authenticate with your BGSU username & password.

Pick Up Anywhere

Do you live close to another OhioLINK library? If so:

  • Travel to that library and check out their circulating materials with your BGSU ID.
  • Or in the OhioLink catalog, click on the Request This Item link next your item to have it sent from whatever OhioLINK library owns it (including BGSU Libraries) to the OhioLINK library closest to you.  Complete list of OhioLINK Member libraries.


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