How do I search for books or ebooks on a topic?

When searching for books, try to use fewer keywords than you would for journal articles. The search tools do not search through the full text of books. They often only search the title, and in a few cases, the table of contents. Since most book titles are short and general, keep your search simple. In fact, you may find books with titles that cover only one of your main ideas. However, your exact topic may be covered in one of the chapters within the book.

Searching for books in Sofia

The Sofia Discovery tool is a search tool which allows you to search for books, ebooks, articles, and more in the Library's collection and many of our databases.

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Make sure to check out the section "What do I need to know before I start searching".

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A search tool that allows you to search for material available in the Library's collection. It includes:

  • books
  • encyclopedias & dictionaries
  • journals, magazines & newspapers (but not individual articles)
  • streaming videos & DVDs
  • government publications
  • theses
  • maps
  • musical scores
  • engineering standards
  • and more!
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Looking for your course textbooks? Visit our "Course readings and textbooks for students" page.

Updated: Tuesday 14 July 2020
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