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Finding Information: Books & Ebooks

BOOKS

How can I find books on my topic?

You can search for books in two ways:

  1. Use SEARCH to do a broad search using topic keywords to find out what we have on your topic.
    Your results will be ranked according to relevance and can be refined by source type (i.e. books), or limiting by date, location etc.
  2. Use our Catalogue to search for a specific author, title or call number.
    Choose 'more options' for advanced keyword searching on your topic or to set limits.

Using Call Numbers

The Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system uses call numbers to help organise books by subject and help you find them on the shelves. When you need a book you've found in SEARCH or the catalogue:

  • Write down all parts of the call number. 
    Periods (.) and slashes (/) separate the different parts of the call number, e.g. 378.170281/22. 
  • Use the labels on the bookshelves to find 378.170281 (remember, 378.17 comes before it and 378.171 comes after).
  • Look at the sequence of books at 378.170281 to find 378.170281/22.
  • The number after the slash is the approximate location of the book on the shelf (as books are shelved in numerical order).

EBOOKS

To discover ebooks in SEARCH – refine your results to full-text and select ebooks under 'Source Types'.

Our primary ebook collections are in ebook Central and EBSCOhost. Additional ebooks can be found in many of our online databases. The resource will be identified as an ebook by its type (PDF, epub, text, etc.) after searching. Other collections include:

ebook Central provide features on their toolbar to help you manage and organise your research, including:

  • 'Bookshelf' folder to save titles for future use.
  • In-text note taking to highlight important quotes.
  • Reference and citations in popular styles, ready to be exported to EndNote and other bibliographic tools.
  • Displays exactly how much of the ebook you can copy/print.

 

Check Availability on the ebook Detail page to see how many copies are available and whether it can be downloaded. Read online to take advantage of longer access, notes and bookmarking.

 

Click on '?' icon for help using the ebook Central database.

You will need to set up a My EBSCOhost folder account to save ebooks and create notes.

When you are logged in you can:

  • Add texts to your folder for future use.
  • Add notes to your texts.
  • Print or email (PDF) up to 60 pages of a text.
  • View references and citations and export to EndNote and other bibliographic tools.

Look under Concurrent user Level on the Detailed Record page to see how many copies are available for use.

Most ebooks from this collection are only available as a one day loan (when downloaded.) Read online to take advantage of longer access, notes and bookmarking.

Select 'Help' options in EBSCO from their menu for more information on database features.

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