How do I find a book if I have the citation?

Watch this two-minute video that shows you how to find a specific book if you have the citation. Or, scroll down to read instructions.

Sometimes you will have the citation information for a book or book chapter, whether you found it in the bibliography of another article, or a classmate or professor gave it to you. How do you find the book with this information?

Let's use this example citation of a book chapter to explain the steps you'll need to follow to find the book:

Kozminski, A. K. (1994). High-speed management and global competition. In S. S. King & D. P. Cushman (Eds.), High-speed management and organizational communications in the 1990s: A reader (pp. 41-67). Albany: State University of New York Press.

  1. Determine the book title.
    1. If the citation is for a book or book chapter, the book title is usually italicized.  In the example above, the cited book is High-speed management and organizational communications in the 1990s: A reader.
  1. Search for the book.
    1. Search the library catalog for the book title. Type the title in the "Books/Media" tab on the library homepage. Click "Go."
    2. The next page will show you a list of results. If you find the book you're looking for, click on "Show Availability" to see if a book is in the library.
    3. To find a book on the shelf, write down the Call Number (where the book is located on the shelf) that you see after clicking on "Show Availability." Go to the location specified to locate the book. Have questions about finding a book?

  2. Can't find the book in the library catalog?
    1. You can search ReQuest to search just the libraries in Connecticut. With your Stagcard you can check books out at any public library in Connecticut.
    2. Search WorldCat and request the book from another library. Just click on the Interlibrary Loan button.

Still need help? Ask a librarian.