Why use books for research?
Books are important for research because they
- provide in-depth coverage on a topic
- usually give background information on a topic
- may present various viewpoints and interpretations on a topic
- include extensive reference sources
How to find books on a topic?
To find books relevant to your research topic, you may use
the University at Albany Libraries' online catalog
SUNY Union Catalog, the online union catalog of the libraries in the SUNY system
WorldCat, the online union catalog that is both national and international in scope
A Word of Caution:
Use the online catalogs to find books, videos, research databases, journal titles, magazines and
newspapers. To locate individual articles published in journals, magazines and newspapers,
databases and indexes.
How to search Minerva for materials owned by our libraries?
- Searching by Title or Author:
- When doing a "Title begins with..." search, omit initial articles, such as a, an,
the, le, and la.
For example, to find the novel The child and the curriculum, you should type
child and the curriculum.
- When doing an Author search, type the last name first.
For example, to find a book by John Dewey, you should type Dewey, John.
- Searching by Keywords:
- When you do not have an exact title, author name, or subject, do a Basic or Advanced
search using keywords. Advanced search provides more options.
- Use truncation * to find all words with similar root.
For example, the search for child* retrieves records containing any of the
following words: child, child's, childhood, children, and
- Use Boolean operators "or" to add synonyms to your search.
For example, the search for gender or sex retrieves records
with either of those two words.
- To search keywords as a two-word phrase, enclose keywords with " ".
For example, the search for "language acquisition" retrieves records
with those two words appearing next to each other and in that order. The system will
search those two words separately if they are not enclosed in " ".
How to locate books by call number?
The University at Albany Libraries use the Library of Congress
classification scheme. This call number system uses the combination of letters and
numeric numbers. The letters represent the subject, and "L" is the call number classification
for Education. You might also find education related material in other call number ranges,
such as BF and P. The following entries are some examples.
|| Education (General)
|| History of Education
|| Theory and Practice of Education
| LB 1025-1050.75
|| Teaching (Principles and practice)
| LB 1049.9-1050.75
|| Reading (General)
| LB 1050.9-1091
|| Educational psychology
| LB 1555-1602
|| Elementary or public school education
| LB 1603-1696.6
|| Secondary education. High schools
| LB 2300-2430
|| Higher education
| LB 2801-3095
|| School administration and organization
|| Special Aspects of Education
| LC 65-245
|| Social aspects of education
| LC 1099-3747
|| Multicultural education, Bilingual education
| P 118-118.75
|| Language acquisition
| PE 1128-1130
|| English as a second language
How to request a book you need?
- To request a book not owned by our libraries, use the
Interlibrary Loan services.
- To have a book delivered from one library to another library
on campus for you to pick up, submit a
UA Delivery request.
- If there is a library book currently checked out to
another patron that you urgently need, use the
Recall services to get the book.