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Business Management: Books


mySearch is an interface which allows you to search across a range of library resources simultaneously, including books, e-books, journal articles and databases

Print books and e-books

Search on mySearch for records of books on shelves and links to download e-books online. Search results show the location of books that are organised on shelves by subject category.

To find a specific book, you need to get details of the full shelf mark including letters after the numbers; shelf marks (e.g. 371.30281 COT) are visible on the book spines. 

Can't find the book you need?

  • Is the book out on loan? - place a hold
  • Is the book at another library site? - go to the Help Zone
  • Have you checked the reshelving trolleys?
  • If in doubt consult a member of Library Staff

Off campus access

Use your University login details to access databases and full text sources that BU subscribes to when you are off campus.

Shelfmarks explained


When you search for the item that you want, the book record will display a shelfmark that tells you where the item is shelved.

The shelfmark will look like this:

658.74 LAN

The shelfmark is based on the Dewey Decimal Classification scheme and is displayed on the spine of the book. The numbers denote the subject of the book and the letters are the first three letters of the author's surname.

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Downloading e-books onto tablets and devices

Some of our e-books can be downloaded onto tablets and e-readers in certain circumstances. For more information check our LibGuide: