Books often provide more comprehensive coverage than articles (which tend to be much more narrowly focused) and can be useful when you are unfamiliar with a topic and just getting started with your research.
|The best way to locate books, in both electronic and print format, is by using our OneSearch tool, located prominently on the library's website or by clicking the image below. To learn more, visit the library's guide to using OneSearch.|
When looking for books, be sure to use very general search terms. Imagine what the title of the book you are looking for might be. You usually don't have to read the entire book to use it as a source, but there may be some chapters or sections of the book that provide great information for your research.
To find eBooks, go to the library's home page and do a search from the home page search box. Enter your key words and then choose eBooks on the left side of the page to narrow your results.
The Henry Library offers two options for requesting materials from other libraries:
Here is an example of a call number that you might find on a book:
1. Books are shelved alphabetically by the first letter or letters (PR)
2. They are then arranged numerically by the number that comes after the letters (4034)
3. Finally, books are shelved alphabetically by the next letter and then decimally by the following number (.P7)