How Do I Use RACER

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Register for RACER

  • Western and Affiliated University College students, faculty, and staff can use this service
  • First-time users: to create a RACER account, you need to complete the registration form

Login to RACER

  • Your login is your Western ID number (student, faculty, staff)
  • Your password is something you created
  • Select 'Western' as your library

Use Search Profiles

  • You can search using a variety of profiles built into the system or you can create your very own profile
  • To set up your own profile, follow the steps available here

Request books or copies of articles

  • Use the default Advanced Search to search specific fields (e.g. Title, Author, ISBN, Subject Heading) or, alternately, select Standard Search for a simple keyword search
  • Enter your search terms and select Search. Tip: Do not abbreviate titles! Use quotation marks when searching a phrase (e.g. "gone with the wind")
  • When you see the results of your search, select Details to verify that an item is the one you want
  • Select Get It for your desired item. Details will automatically transfer to a request form
  • Complete any blank required fields and select Request. Please request one item per form
  • To return to your results list, click Search Results. Tip: Do not use the browser's back button
  • If your search is not successful, use the Blank Request Form on the left side-bar
  • Sign Out from your account when finished
  • You will receive an e-mail notification when your item arrives

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