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Essential Library Research Skills: Find Books

Quicksearch: Yale Library's Catalog

Quicksearch contains information about books and e-books, as well as journals, newspapers, magazines, manuscripts, audio-visual material, scores, maps, government documents, databases, and more!

Search Techniques to Find Books

Linked subjects in the catalog are like #hashtags

Catalog records for books include linked subjects, which work similar to #hashtags: when you click on a linked subject, you will return results from the catalog of more books on that same subject.

  • Pro-tip: If you have found only ONE book, or if you have a book from your syllabus, look for a linked subject to identify other books from Yale Library on that same topic. You might find something better!

Try this linked subject: Comic books strips etc > History and criticism

Screenshot of the hyperlinked subjects found within Orbis and Books+ in Quicksearch

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Find Books Using Quicksearch

Understanding Book Call Numbers

Next Step: Find Articles

Once you have a foundation on your research topic, either by consulting a reference work or a few books, take your knowledge and look for evidence - or case studies - to support your research question. At this point in the process, your research question may be evolving - and that's great!

To find evidence and case studies, look for articles, including scholarly articles and newspaper articles. Go to the next page (Find Articles) to learn more.