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
When you do not have an exact title, author name, or subject, do a search using keywords.
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 " ".
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,