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Using Library Search

A guide to using Library Search at the University of Essex

How to Find Books

To search for a specific book, type the title and/or the author's surname into the search box. In the following example, we are looking for a book called The History of Science Fiction by Adam Roberts.

Library search screenshot - history of science fiction

If the title of the book is long, it isn't usually necessary to enter the whole of it into the search box - you can just enter a few key words. For example, if you were looking for the book Logistics and global value chains in Africa : the impact on trade and development, edited by Adebisi Adewole and John J. Struthers, you could search for Logistics global value chains Africa.

One you've entered your search words, press Enter, or click on the grey arrow to the right of the search box.

Your results list will usually show you a mixture of books and journal articles. To restrict your search to just books, either click on the Catalogue tab above your results list, or check the Library Catalogue box under Limit Results.

Screenshot - catalogue tab

Your results list will show you all of the resources the library has - in print and online - which match your search terms. After you have clicked on the Catalogue tab, you have the option to refine your search further using the filters on the left-hand side of the screen. For example, you might wish to filter your results to just e-books.

You can also search for all books the library has on a particular subject - just follow the steps above but enter one or two keywords which describe your topic into the search box instead of the title/author's surname.

For further help with finding and accessing e-books, watch our Accessing E-books video.