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Finding a book in the library - with Talbot library location
How to search for a library book online
Use the box below to search the catalogue
The catalogue contains all BU library owns, and it's a quick way to search for books and multimedia that you can borrow.
- Search by title - you can put a comma and then the author's surname to narrow it down, for example Tale of two cities, Dickens
- Narrow down by date - you can adjust the date range of al;l your results using the sliding bar on the left hand side
- Narrow down by location - you can narrow down to one of the 2 libraries, or select 'ebooks' to only see online content.
Different Types of Academic Books
- Usually big - you probably won't read from cover to cover.
- Give a good overall introduction.
- Best place to start and find the main areas of debate and discussion.
- Chapters are written by different authors.
- There is an editor or editors on the cover
- In referencing you list the author and title of the chapter, and also the details of the book (see referencing guide.
- A specialist book on one topic.
- Often (but not always) just one author.
- Good for going deeper in academic discussions and debates.
- A family of books by a publisher on a similar theme/ area.
- By different authors/ editors.
- Can be useful for finding other books on a topic
- Festschrifts: Written in honour of a scholar, and the subject matter will be in areas of the scholar's own work and interest..
- Conference Proceedings: Sometimes published as a book, and can bring together some of the most recent research in an area.
- Reference Books: Many books in the library are labelled 'reference only' - what we mean by reference books in this context is that they are books you'd dip into for short articles, definitions or statistics.
- Theses: these are PhDs and master's dissertations. These can be very useful for seeing what questions other people are working on.