Why use books?
Why avoid books?
Example: if you were researching a scientific or technological concept, you might avoid books as these areas change extremely quickly, and the books you find may be out-of-date even if they were published recently.
You have already learned how to find books from UTSC Library and other U of T libraries in catalogue. Please find a review below. Ask for assistance in the Library if you have any questions or concerns.
Search for books in the library catalogue.
Use the same method - combine keywords using AND, OR, NOT. For example, here's a search for the history of smallpox in the library catalogue. You can also click on "Advanced Search" to get a multi-field search screen.
Check that the book is IN and then write down the CALL NUMBER (example: TK7882.E2 N497 2006). This is the system you use to organize and retrive books from the shelves (also called 'Stacks') in the Library. If you have any trouble finding a book you want, ask a librarian to help you. Take any books you want to borrow to the front desk (circulation desk) and show your T-card.
Tip: Books are shelved by topic. If you find one book, look on the same shelf and you will probably find more.
You can borrow books from other U of T libraries. For example, this book is at the Criminology Library downtown. If you would like to borrow this book, just click 'Request' and enter the barcode from your T-card and your PIN (last 4 digits of your student number). The book will arrive at the Circulation Desk at UTSC Library in 3 BUSINESS DAYS.
You will receive an e-mail letting you know it's arrived. Remember your T-card to borrow the book.
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