Books are a great resource for general background and in-depth coverage of a topic. They can be very useful when you need a broad overview of a topic, or if your topic is historical.
Books from any UConn Campus library can be pulled and held for pickup at the library circulation desk of your choice. See the Requesting Materials for UConn Campuses box on this page.
If you aren't able to find what you need within the UConn Library's collection, you can search and request books from WorldCat. WorldCat search results are from library catalogs around the world. To learn more about using WorldCat, see the Requesting Books Not Owned by UConn box on this page. Please note that licensing agreements do not allow libraries to loan ebooks; WorldCat can only be used for print materials.
The Advanced Search provides many more options for creating your search; we recommend starting with the Advanced Search to make searching easier. Use the Advanced Search link next to the basic search box.
The Library's General Search searches across a broad spectrum of resources. To find only books and ebooks, select Material Type: Books in the Advanced Search
Finding Books on a Topic / Keyword
Keyword searches look for your term(s) in the title, author, description, and subject fields. Using the Creating Keywords guide, enter your key words and phrases in the search. Remember to Refine and Revise your search based on your results.
If you find books that might be useful, look at the subjects listed in the Details tab. Those subjects can be used to find more books on your topic.
Finding Books by Author or Title
If you are looking for a specific title or author, you can set your search to look for your term(s) in just those fields. Choose either Title or Author/creator to search title and/or author terms.
Advanced General Search
A brief (~1 min) video on using the advanced search features.
Records provide information about materials and their locations, in print or online.
The initial results displays the book title and author(s), publisher information, and access options.
The Find on Shelf section displays the physical location of the item and its loan policy, if you have signed in. The policy will depend on your status (student, faculty, etc).
Verify the location, call number, and availability. If the item's location is at a campus other than your home campus, you can request the item be sent to you using the Request from UConn link. If you are not signed in, this link will read Sign in to request.
You can use the locate option to see a map with the item's location. If the book is in Babbidge, use this guide to find the location.
The View Online section provides access to online version, if available. Clicking Online Access in the initial results will also take you to the View Online section.
The Details section provides more information on the item. Subjects can help find similar or more focused items related to your topic.
The Request Service delivers items from UConn's collections to the campus library of your choice.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, physical items, such as DVDs and print books, and scans of UConn-owned print materials are not available at this time. If you have a question regarding your requests please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Search WorldCat to find and request items owned by other libraries.
Request items by clicking on Request Item.
Items can take anywhere from 2-14 business days to arrive.
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