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Books are a great resource to use when searching for general information on a topic. They are useful for understanding a topic in its context and provide summaries of existing research as well as offer a historical perspective.
Books are best located using the Search feature in our Library Catalogue.
Borrowing from Other Libraries
If McMaster Library does not own a book that interests you, you can request it through RACER, our interlibrary loan system.
Common Academic Book Publishers
How can you tell of a book is an academic source? One of the quickest and easiest ways is to check the publisher. If one of these companies published the book, there's a good chance that the book is an academic source: