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I Found My Item in Acorn. What Now?
Is it in print or electronic format?
You can tell if an item is in print or electronic format by looking at the record in Acorn. If it is available electronically, towards the top of the item record you will see the icon or the words Web Link next to a link to the actual web page. Click either the icon or the link to get to the book or journal.
For many of these items, you may need a VUNet ID and password to access the full text. Some items can only be accessed on campus.
Items in print: The record in Acorn will tell you which Vanderbilt library has the book or journal that you need. Look for
The call number, holdings and location information will tell you whether or not the item can be checked out, which library it's held in and where in the library it is located.
For items at the Annex, our remote storage facility, click on the "Annex Request" button from the record in Acorn or fill out a request form to have the item delivered to your closest library. Items from the Annex are generally delivered the next business day (Monday-Friday).
Please note that Special Collections items can only be viewed in the Special Collections library.
Prepared for the Jean and Alexander Heard Library, Vanderbilt University
We would like to express our sincere appreciation to MIT Libraries for granting permission to modify and use their "Information Navigator" tutorial.