If the book you want is not available in your library, but is available through another Rutgers library, you can have it delivered to you at your library, free of charge. From within the library catalog, click on the Book Delivery / Recall button on the upper-right.
WorldCat is a global catalog of library collections that enables users to search for articles, archival materials, books, journals, maps, music, videos, and other resources available in libraries around the world. This means items you find in WorldCat may or may not be owned or subscribed to by the Rutgers University Libraries.
If none of Rutgers' libraries own the book you want (or it's already been checked out by someone else), first see if it is available through E-ZBorrow. If not, see if it is available through UBorrow. If you are unsuccessful in finding the book in both systems, request an Interlibrary Loan.
Rutgers also has cooperative borrowing agreements with a number of other libraries:
Reference books such as encyclopedias are a great place to do some preliminary research. You can get a good overview about your topic, perhaps narrow down your topic if it was too broad before, and most importantly, identify seach terms to use when you begin your search for books and/or articles.
While the Rutgers University Libraries have many print reference books available, if you are currently off-campus, you may find it more convenient to use our online ones:
If you are interested in browsing the shelves of the library for books, keep in mind the Library of Congress classification system:
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