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How do I find books?

Tips

Footnotes, endnotes, and bibliographies are great ways to find new sources. One book can lead you to dozens more. If you don't know where to start, ask a professor or colleague to recommend a good survey work on your topic.

Exploring the Catalog

The video below will provide an introduction to using the catalog to explore our collection:

You can browse the catalog by title, author, subject, and call number. When using the "Begins With" search function, keep the following in mind:

  • The order of words in your search must reflect that of the title (e.g., "The Illiad of Homer" and not "Homer's Illiad")
  • Search for authors by their last name, then first name (e.g., "Lewis, C.S." and not "Clive Staples Lewis")
  • There are no spaces between the letters and numbers in call number

Bibliographies

Don't know what exactly you're looking for? Check out these resource to find important books in your subject: