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Library Research 101: Start Your Research

What is a book?

The Collins Dictionary defines a book as, "...a number of pieces of paper, usually with words printed on them, which are fastened together and fixed inside a cover of stronger paper or cardboard. Books contain information."

In an academic context many times books will contain in-text citations and a reference list. Books with edited chapters will often contain in-text citations and a reference list for each chapter. 

Books can be in print or in electronic form  (more commonly known as ebooks).

Image of a stack of books with an ebook reader in front

Where can I find a book?

Where can I find a book or ebook?

  • In the library
    • in the library in the stacks (for print books)
  • Use the library catalog to search for books
    • Some of the ways you can find books are by searching for their title, author, ISBN number, etc.
    • You can access ebook titles that show UM Orono/Machias Access or UM Systemwide Access options
    • Ebooks are accessible by clicking on the title of the book and then clicking on the Access link beneath the call number
    • To access an ebook you will need to login with your UMaine credentials
    • You can find the book's call number using the library catalog (for print books)
    • Use the call number to find a book in the library stacks (for print books)
  • To check out a print book
    • Use your student ID
    • Books can be checked out at the desks at the entrance doors or at the Reserve desk in the first floor Reading Room

Where are the stacks located?

What if I want to borrow a book not found in Fogler Library?

  • Follow this tutorial to find out how to request a book found in the library catalog, but not here at Fogler
  • Follow this tutorial to find out how to request a book found in MaineCat, which includes many libraries in Maine



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