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Using the Discovery search on the library homepage, type in the title, author, or keywords for the book you're looking for, and select the check boxes for "Books" and "Only show items from the catalog."
Another place to search is the Library Catalog, which you can find under the Resources menu on our homepage. You can use it to find both physical books and ebooks.
Use this box to search the Geisel Library catalog for books and other materials in the library collection.
We may have it as a physical book or as an ebook .
If it's a physical book and checked in (status of AVAILABLE), use the "How do I locate a physical book on the shelf?" FAQ for help, or ask a librarian.
If you can't find the book you're looking for, ask a librarian or look at the FAQ "How do I get a book the library doesn't have?" below.
We usually do not carry textbooks, unless the professor has put a copy of their own on reserve in the library for their class. Feel free to search our catalog and check.
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See our Understanding Call Numbers guide for more information:
Bring the book and your student ID to the Circulation Desk. The loan period for students is 30 days.
Students may borrow books for 30 days and films for 7 days. For more information, review the Circulation section of our Policies.
If we don't own a book--or if we do and it's already checked out--we can request it from a different library.
1. Use WorldCat Discovery (linked below) to search for the book. This catalog searches thousands of other libraries.
2. Once you've found the book you want, click on the "Submit an ILL Request" button under "Availability."
3. You'll be prompted to log in to ILLiad, which is the system we use for interlibrary loan. Sign in with your SAC username, and your ID number with the capital "S" in front of it (e.g. S123456).
4. Unless this is your first time logging in to ILLiad, a Book Request form should automatically be filled out. All you need to do is click "Submit Request."
It depends on what day of the week you requested it, how many other libraries own the book, where they are, and how new the book is (how much it is in demand). Requests usually arrive in one to two weeks.
Looking at several aspects of the book can help you determine if it's scholarly/academic.
What are the author's credentials? Do they have an advanced degree? Are they a researcher/professor in the subject matter the books is about?
If the author is a journalist or writer, they are probably writing for a more general audience rather than for scholars.
A lot of publishers specialize in publishing scholarly books. If it's a university press, that's a good sign it's scholarly. Not familiar with the publisher? Google it and see what they specialize in.
Examples of scholarly/academic publishers: Cambridge University Press, University of Minnesota Press, Routledge, Wiley, Taylor & Francis, World Scientific.
|References||Are the sources cited? They might be in the form of footnotes at the bottoms of pages, end notes at the end of chapters, or end notes or a bibliography at the end of the book. Academic books have in-text citations more frequently than non-academic books.|
|Content||How specialized are the chapter titles? Is there jargon and subject-specific terminology? Are there figures like maps, charts, or graphs?|
Want a second opinion? Ask a librarian at the Reference Desk.
That depends on which citation style you're using. Here are some examples:
Peter, John. Vladimir's Carrot: Modern Drama and the Modern Imagination. U Chicago P, 1987.
Hess, F. M., & Kelly, A. P. (Eds.). (2011). Carrots, sticks, and the bully pulpit: Lessons from a half-century of federal efforts to improve America's schools. Harvard University Press.
Burhans, Dirk E. Crunch! A History of the Great American Potato Chip. Madison, WI: Terrace Books, 2008.
Ask a librarian at the Reference Desk, or see our Citing Sources research guide for more help.