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How do I find books?


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


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

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