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Research Fundamentals: Books

A guide to print and online resources for starting your research.

Using ScholarOneSearch to Find Books at NEU

Scholar OneSearch is the primary way to discover what books are here in the library. 

Books Beyond NU - Deep Research in WorldCat and Google Books

  • WorldCat - identify titles at other libraries and request via InterLibrary Loan. Uses the same principles and subject headings as Scholar OneSearch, so if you find a good phrase, re-use it here.
  • Google Books - unlike Scholar OneSearch and WorldCat, search the full-text of digitized books; includes both older, public-domain and current, copyrighted titles. Most books under copyright only provide a short snippet, but the full title may be available at NU (check Scholar OneSearch to see) or via ILL.

Getting the Book

Where is my book?

First, check location--tells you which library on campus owns the book, Snell or another library OR if the book is located in a special area.

Check Status--"Available" means you may borrow the book!
Then check Call # for which floor to visit (Hint: the letters are important, the first letter(s) determines floor location

For SNELL LOCATIONS and floor maps.


Call numbers are based on the Library of Congress Classification. More importantly, it's how you can find things in the library.

Some hints to understanding a call number and finding your "stuff" on the shelf:

  • The first letters of the call number represent the subject of the book.
  • The letter-and-decimal section of the call number often represents the author's last name.
  • The last section of a call number is often the date of publication.
    Here's an example from University of California Santa Cruz Library 
    (accessed 2 April 2013)


ALL of the subjects under the  Library of Congress Classification.



Don't worry. 

The Interlibrary Loan Service, called  ILLiad, allows you to request delivery of Books, videos, articles and other materials not available at the NU Libraries.

This service is free of charge to NU students, faculty and staff. 

Working with Books