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Books & E-Books

Books in the Library Collection

The Library Catalog scope is where you'll find records for printed and electronic books that are owned or provided by the University Libraries.  In the Simple Search box you can enter terms such as:

  • words from the book title
  • author names
  • publisher name
  • words from series title and number
  • words from subject headings
  • ISBN

In the Advanced Search box you can do more specific searches. 


Print Books vs E-Books

When you Refine results by Resource Type and choose Book*, the system doesn't distinguish between hardcopy books and e-books.  To limit to e-books, add the facet Available Online.  (See image.) To limit to print books, add the facet Physical Copy. In cases where we have both a physical copy and an e-book version, they will often share the same bibliographic record and be shown together in the full record display.

snap of facets to limit to ebooks

* TIP:  To be thorough it's a good idea to also select the "Other" category under Resource Type.  A number of catalog records for books have a coding error that prevents the system from identifying them as Books.  These will be corrected in time.


When you're searching only in the Library Catalog, you're not searching in the full text of a book - just the catalog records that describe the books.  Many newer catalog records include chapter-level information from a book's table of contents, and perhaps a brief summary of the book.  For older books, this extra data is usually not present.  If you're looking for book chapters, try searching in the Articles & More scope, which indexes chapters from many (but not all) e-books available to you.  You can then limit your results to Book Chapters using the Refine menu. 

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