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IRW Learning Community Research Guide: Find Books

Have the book delivered

You can have a book that is in any Rutgers library delivered to the most convenient libary of your choice. Click Book Delivery/Recall in the Library Catalog record.

Is the book checked out?

If a book you would like is checked out, you can search PALCI E-Z Borrow and request it from another library. It can take 3-5 days for the book to arrive.

Is it a scholarly book?

It can be difficult to tell if a book is scholarly unless you are looking at it. However, you can sometimes tell if it is published from a university press, or has editors. Check to see if it has a bibliography once you've taken it from the shelf.

Searching the Library Catalog

Look for a book:

  • Start off searching in the Library Catalog with a keyword search; type in a general word or two that best describes your topic.
  • Browse the results list to see if there is a title that looks relevant. If there are none, try your search again with some more specific terms.
  • If you find a relevant book, click on the title to see the full Library Catalog record. Write down the subject headings associated with the book.
  • Continue to browse the results list, and write down any related subject headings for relevant books.

Narrow it down:

  • Take the relavant subject headings you wrote down, and search by selecting "subject" from the drop-down bar next to the Library Catalog search box.
  • Try to mix and match some of the subject headings to find a wide variety of relevant books.


  • If you are having problems finding any relevant results, make a list of synonyms or similar phrases to your topic and try searching each of them.



Submit Search

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