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English 201 Research in the Disciplines: Searching for Books


Scholarly books can be great sources for research papers, ranging from general to specific information on a given topic. You can use QuickSearch to search the library catalog and locate books held at any of the Rutgers libraries.

Review the content below for additional guidance and tips about searching for books.

Searching the Rutgers Libraries Catalog

Additional Ways to Find Books

You can also search for books in other locations outside of the Rutgers libraries catalog.

Online booksellers or consolidated catalogs can be great places to locate additional books. Rutgers Libraries may still have these books; therefore, once you locate a book using external sources, use QuickSearch to search the Rutgers Libraries catalog for that specific title.

External Catalogs:

  • Google Books provides information on millions of books, and many of these titles allow you to search for terms inside of the book.
  • 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.


Tips for Accessing Books

If the book you've identified is available at Rutgers, you can visit one of the libraries listed under "Locations" to retrieve it. If those locations are not convenient, select the Request Pickup button to have the book sent to the library location most convenient to you.

If the book is currently checked out, select the Request Pickup button. A message will be sent to the current borrower that they must return the book within a certain period of time, and then the book will be delivered to your library of choice.

If there are no copies listed in the catalog, select the EZ-Borrow button to request a copy.  If there are no copies in the E-Z Borrow system, use Interlibrary Loan to request a copy from another library.


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