Why use books?

Books can provide a broad overview or a history of a subject and are a good starting point when exploring a new subject area. They can help define a topic and often cover a subject in some depth. Books include contents pages, chapter headings and indexes to help you locate the information you need.

Finding books

Libraries often arrange their stock in subject collections, so you could browse a particular section of the shelves to see what's there. However, the best way to see what books are in the Library is by using LibrarySearch to search the collections at the Canterbury, Drill Hall, Broadstairs and Salomons libraries.

LibrarySearch lists everything the library has in stock including printed books, e-books, journal titles, music scores, CDs and DVDs. It also shows how many copies are available to borrow, which campus library they are in and how long they can be borrowed for.

To search for a book, access LibrarySearch and choose Library Resources  from the drop-down menu. Search for the author's surname and a couple of key words from the title of the item e.g. Cottrell critical thinking.

When you have found a book in LibrarySearch, make a note of the classmark for each item of interest. Libraries use classmarks to keep all items on the same subject together and every book in the library will have a classmark written on its spine.

To find a particular book, go to the appropriate area of the library (Collection/Status) and look for the shelves that correspond to the book's classmark. Look along the shelves for the exact classmark on the spine of the book.

Remember to check the different areas housing the 7-day loan and 4-week loans.

For more information on classmarks visit the understanding classmarks page.

Library Catalogue terminals are available in the library. You can use these computers to search for resources held in the library but you will not be able to link out to e-books or e-journals.


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Last edited: 24/02/2020 16:41:00