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Research Guides


Find books on a topic

Basic Search is a simple interface that allows you to enter and search any word or phrase.

Basic search interface with the search box highlighted

As soon as you start typing in the search box, a drop-down menu will appear allowing you to choose the kind of search you prefer. Currently these options are as follows:

Basic search for the phrase Marsha P Johnson highlighting drop-down menu options everything or catalogue

Choose the option that best reflects your research or information need. 

Everything Select this option for results that include articles, books, and other materials owned or licensed by U of T.
Catalogue Select this option for results that exclude articles. This option narrows your results. 

Finding eBooks in LibrarySearch

Find a specific book

To search for an exact book or article, search with quotations around your title phrase. See an article title search demonstration

LibrarySearch interface highlighting the title entered with quotations

If searching with quotations around your title phrase is not successful, try using Advanced Search with the following settings:

  • Select "Title" from the first drop-down menu
  • Choose "is (exact)" from the next drop-down menu
  • Enter your title phrase without quotations
  • Select your preferred item format

Advanced search interface with arrows indicating first drop-down menu set to title, second drop-down menu set to the phrase "is exact", the title entered without quotations, and item format set to All items

Can't find what you're looking for?

You can request books and articles from other library systems using RACER.  First time users will have to register.