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Biological Literature: Find Books/eBooks

Why Use Books?

Books are great to use when you need background information or an overview of a topic.   They provide more in-depth coverage of a subject than journal articles and generally contain the history and chronology of a subject and bibliographies for additional sources.  

Finding eBooks

Follow the same search procedure to the right, but add a 5th step once you have your results list.

5. Check, Available Online under REFINE YOUR SEARCH on the left side.

Google Books

Why use Google Books?

Google Books searches the full-text of books.  It is great for narrow topics because it lets you search within the text of books--you can see the table of contents, index or a portion of the contents of the book.  You can then locate the book in a nearby library.

Current in print copyrighted books are not full text. Out of print but still copyrighted books will show 20% of the book. Books in the public domain (pre 1923) are completely full text.

SAMPLE SEARCH: biological literature

Google Book Search

Find Print Books in the Library

Each book in the library has a unique call number. A call number is like an address: it tells us where the book is located in the library.

Print books at Gee Library are filed by  Library of Congress Classification (LC) Call Number. This system uses a combination of letters and numbers to arrange materials by subjects.  LC Call Numbers are found ... on the spines of books ... and ... in the search results.

Find the Call Numbers of print books by doing an Advanced OneSearch

1.  On the library homepage click Advanced to the right of the OneSearch box.

2. Type your topic keywords in the first search field.

3. Under, Content type check the box next to, Book / eBook.

4. Click Search.

The Call Number and availability will be located below the title of the book on the results page.


How to Read a Library of Congress Call Number

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