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Getting Started with Research

Find Books in the Library's Catalog and Beyond

1. Enter book title or topic into the CatSearch box on the library homepage

2. Limit to books on the right, from the search results page

screenshot showing how to limit results to books

Didn't find what you're looking for?

  • Request it! through Interlibrary Loan.
  • Or see what other library's have a book, and request it directly through WorldCat

Tips for Identifying Academic Books

  • The author is an expert in their field. Check their credibility by looking for details about them via a Google Search, try and locate a CV, or ask your Professor if they're familiar with the author's work.
  • What institution(s) or organization(s) is the author affiliated with?
  • Have they authored other publications in their field?
  • Note the publisher of the book; often university press or professional organizations publish scholarly content. 
  • Are references or works clearly cited? Does the text contain footnotes?