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.
How can you tell of a book is an academic source? One of the quickest and easiest ways is to check the publisher. Academic books are published by a university press or a specialized publisher. Here are a few examples of specialized academic publishers:
Scholarly books are a great resource - watch this video to learn how to recognize one. (2:29)
Our books are arranged according to the Library of Congress Classification system. When looking for books in Social Sciences it is a good idea to start with Class H- Social Sciences.
Depending on your specific topic, there are several subclasses of Social Sciences that may be of interest:
A call number is like an address for a book and this video describes how you read it so that you can find out where the book lives on the shelf. (2:46)
The Library Catalogue contains materials such as books and e-books that are part of our collection. It can be searched one of two ways: by using our Catalogue Search or our Advanced Search features.
Before beginning your search make sure to select Catalogue in the toggle bar. Keep your search broad by typing in keywords, subjects author or title.
You are better able to tailor your search when using our Advanced Search feature. Combine keyword, subject, author and title searches to return relevant results.
This video shows you how to search by book title using the library catalogue. (0:49)
This video explains how to enter keywords into the catalogue to find books on a particular topic. (1:11)
This video describes how to use a call number to locate a book on a shelf in the library. (1:05)