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.


  1. 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?

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

  3. 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.

  4. First, let’s determine the book title.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.

  5. Next, let’s search for the book. Navigate to the library homepage. Click on the “Books/Media” tab and type the book title into the search box and then hit “Search”/

  6. The next page shows a list of results. In this particular case, the book is available in two formats – print and ebook. To read an ebook, simply click on the link “Click here to view” and then log-in with your Net-ID and password.

  7. To find a print book, note the location and availability of the book, then write down the Call Number. Go to the location specified to locate the book. Library staff are on hand to assist you if you have trouble.

  8. If you can’t find the book in the library catalog, there’s still another option. You can request a book through interlibrary loan. This means that the library will borrow the book from another library and have it delivered her for you to pick up. To do this, just click the “Request from Other Libraries (ILL)” link under the Find Help section on the library homepage. Please allow 5-7 business days for the book to arrive.

  9. As always, if any of these instructions are unclear, or if you have additional questions not answered by this video, you can always ask a librarian.

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