How to find books and e-books

  1. Go to the Libraries homepage.
  2. Enter your search terms into the large search box. Use quotation marks to search for phrases, e.g. "energy drinks." 
  3. Use filters to limit your results by publication date, material type, and/or subject.
  4. Click on the link for the title to see more information.
  5. For books, if you want to go to an open library and pick it up, write down the library and call number (e.g. PR6068.O93 Z73 2009) and go get it. Or "Sign in" in the upper right and click the "Get It" button to request to pick it up at a convenient library (learn more about Get It) or to get it sent to your home or residence hall. We can also scan parts of physical books and send them via email.. Use our request form for our digital delivery service. 
  6. For e-books, click on the link under View It

Finding books and e-books (when you know the title)

  • Go to the Libraries homepage.
  • Enter the title into the large search box. Use quotation marks, e.g. "Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone." 

Finding books and e-books (when the U does not own the book)

If you find a book that the libraries do not own, you can request a copy or an individual chapter through Interlibrary Loan.

You can also use specialized search tools such as:

Use books for

  • Broader and more in-depth coverage of a topic
  • Learning more about the relationship between different concepts and topics
  • Getting materials recommended by scholars or faculty members in the subject
  • Finding historical perspectives
  • Citing individual chapters relevant to your research

Tip: It can take over a year for many academic books to be published. Use articles to find information on a very current topic.

How to use e-books

Visit our How to Find E-books page for details and tips on downloading, printing and using e-books on mobile devices, as well as e-book licensing information.