This guide provides links to where you can find a book whose title you already know and how to find books you don’t know about on a particular topic. Interlibrary Loan does not mail books, but may email book chapters you find cited in databases or in book and article bibliographies (list of references or works cited).
1. BULS (Boston University Libraries Search)
In the search box, type in the title of a book you know from a source such as a bibliography or from your professor's recommendation or reading list.
If you want to do a keyword search to find books on a topic, type the keywords in the search box. Depending on the relevancy of the results, you may have to redo the search with different keywords.
BULS results include books, articles, and other formats. For books, you need to Filter My Results to Books/eBooks.” Be sure to “Sign In” at the prompt with your BU login. For recent publications, use the Publication Date boxes.
2. You also can filter for online books by using the first the Books/ebooks filter, then the Available Online filter. The database, Proquest ebook Central, provides access to many ebooks and is searchable.
3. WorldCat Discovery -
Search here to find books and to determine if they are available in a library near you. BU's books will be among the results.
4. JStor -
Click on Advanced Search. Narrow by: Books. Chapters will display. To access entire book, Click on From: book title.
5. Books in print -
In the search box, type subject, e.g., art education and limit to keywords in title. Check BULS to see if the book is a BU eBook. Check your local library's catalog for print.
6. Google Books -
To find out if a print book is available in BU and in other libraries, look for a link labeled "Find in a library." If you do not see it, click on "Get This Book in Print" and look for the link "Find in a library." To find out if an ebook is available via BU is tricky and will only appear if BU also has it in print. In this case, you need to check BULS directly.