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English Composition : Where Are You Going: Find Books

How do I find a book?

The Rutgers Libraries have many books, including online books. To search for books, use the Rutgers Libraries Catalog. Detailed instructions on how to use the catalog can be found  here.

I can't get to the library, what books do you have online?

You can search our catalog for online books. After you perform your search, use the "narrow search" tools on the left and  select RU-ONLINE for the desired library. Your search will return only items that are available online.

Retrieving Books

If the book is:

1. available in Dana Library, write down its Call Number, go to the 2nd floor and retrieve the book from the Stacks.

2. only available in other Rutgers libraries, you can place a Request for its delivery to a convenient Rutgers library location for you.

3. on Reserves, write down its Call Number and retrieve it at the Reserve Desk in Dana Library. 

4. CHECKEDOUT, Missing or unavailable in Rutgers Libraries, use E-ZBorrow to request delivery of the book from outside Rutgers to your library. 

5. not available via E-ZBorrow, try Interlibrary Loan Services to request delivery of the book from other libraries in the country to your library. FAQ.

Scholarly VS Nonfiction Books



Submit Search

Search the Catalog

Use advanced search to combine search terms (concepts) or to limit search results by library, format, language, or date. Enter your search terms in the boxes and select which fields (keyword, title, author, subject, etc.) you wish to search.

Search Tips (Advanced Search, subject searches):
serial murder*
psychological aspects


Other library catalogs

Don't limit yourself to just the Rutgers Libraries Catalog. Sometimes it is easier to search online booksellers or consolidated catalogs. We may still have the book, so once you find it elsewhere, you can search our catalog by title. If we don't have it, we can often obtain it for you from another library system. Below are some consolidated catalogs where you can search. If you find a book elsewhere that we don't have, please use our E-ZBorrow service to order the item.

WorldCat offers more than 110 million bibliographic records representing holdings information from libraries in forty-five countries. Many New Jersey libraries, including Rutgers, contribute on a daily basis. WorldCat includes resources in 400 languages, dating from before 1000 BC to the present.

Google Books provides information on millions of books and many of these books allow you to search for your terms inside the book. Don't be surprised if the Google search engine finds books for you that Rutgers does own but didn't appear in your Rutgers Catalog search because we can't search inside our books.


Fobazi Ettarh's picture
Fobazi Ettarh
Fobazi M. Ettarh
Undergraduate Success Librarian
John Cotton Dana Library
(973) 353-5911

Need help?

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