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"Finding Textbooks" by K. Bertel is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
This tutorial was adapted from "Does the Library Have My Textbook?" by D. Davidoff.
It is not the policy of Butler Library to collect textbooks.
However, we may own the textbook or your professor may have put a copy of the textbook on reserve at the Circulation Desk for students to borrow for a short period of time.
Let's take a look at the different ways we can search for a textbook at Butler Library.
There are several ways to search for textbooks on reserve, including by textbook title, professor's name, and course number.
Beginning on the library's homepage, click the link for Course Reserves below the Summon search bar.
Let's start by looking for a textbook by title.
If you look on the far right, you can see Professors Yodess, Kimmel, and Liao are all using this book for their classes.
How many copies of the book are available on Course Reserve?
The second one, is a book taken from the library's collection and held on reserve for the semester and provides a library call number.
What is a call number?
What is the call number for this book?
The remaining books are the faculty member's own copies.
If you aren't sure of the textbook title, another way to search is by the three-letter course number such as CWP 100 or LIB 300.
Let's go back to the Course Reserves search page and search for textbooks by course number.
To return to this page, click the Search Course Reserves link in the upper left corner of the orange Library Catalog menu.
When searching by course number, it should be typed without any spaces and an asterisk (*) is added at the end, which allows the system to search for materials on reserve by all instructors who teach that course.
Are there any books on reserve for Professor Gaffin's section(s) of Anthropology 101?
Another way of finding books using Course Reserves is by a professor's last name.
Again, return to the Search Course Reserves page by clicking on the link in the upper left menu.
When you go to the Circulation Desk to borrow a book on Course Reserves, you'll need to provide either:
It may be easiest to just print the results page, or take a picture of the screen with your phone and take it to the Circulation Desk.
In order to check out a book, you will need your Bengal ID Card.
For more information visit our Borrow Materials page.
You can also find out if your textbook is in the general library collection by searching the library catalog using Summon.
Summon is a search engine that can help you find almost everything the library owns or has access to. In Summon, you can search for books, articles, videos, and more.
It’s like the library’s version of Google.
Let's return to the library's homepage. Click the Library Home link in the upper left corner.
On the library's homepage, the Summon search box looks like this:
Simply type the textbook title or author or both and Summon will search the library's holdings.
Does How College Works by Daniel Chambliss and Christopher Takacs appear in our list of results?
Is this book available in print or as an ebook?
If a book is available online, eBook will appear after the book description, along with a link for Full Text Online.
If a book is available in the general collection, Stacks or Curriculum Materials Lab will appear after the call number.
If a Special Collections name appears after the call number, this book is only available for use in Archives.
To find a book in the stacks or Curriculum Materials Lab, write down the call number and use a library map to navigate to the appropriate section.
To check out an item, bring the item and your Bengal ID Card to the Circulation Desk.
In Course Reserves:
If you don't find your textbook on reserve, consider asking your professor if he or she has a copy available to put on reserve for the class to share.
If your instructor did not put your textbook on reserve, there is a chance the library might have a copy, but keep in mind it might not be the most recent edition.
If the title you searched for does not appear within the first few results in Summon:
Please enter your name and email address to retrieve a copy of your completed quiz.
You can enter multiple email addresses separated by commas. If you are doing this for a class, you may need to enter your instructor's email address also.