Each semester, the library receives a list from the bookstore of all textbooks and required readings for that term. We use this list to identify any copies of those books we have in our collection and place those books on textbook reserve. (We do not own every textbook, however.)
Using the list of textbooks at the University Bookstore site, you can see if we have any of your needed textbooks.
After searching the bookstore list of textbooks, you will be given a list of titles, authors, and ISBN (standard numbers) for each book. Copy the ISBN number and search this number in Summon on its advanced search screen. Be sure to select the ISBN/ISSN search type. If we own this textbook in print or online, it should be the first result. (The location will very likely be 2 hour reserve.) If you get no results, you can check to see if the library owns a different edition that may be helpful to you.
If you have the LibX browser extension installed, the ISBNs will be automatically linked to a Summon search, allowing you to skip several steps above. You can also highlight titles and authors, then right-click and choose to search these directly in Summon. No copying and pasting required.
To search for other editions, use a basic search in Summon . Enter the last name of the author of your textbook (or the first author listed if more than one) followed by the first few words of the title of your textbook in quotes. You may get more than one result, so note the publication year or edition listed for each results. Click the title link to see more information about these results.
No cost, editable alternatives to commercial textbooks are becoming increasingly available. Openly licensed textbooks are one format. Often known as “open textbooks” or “open educational resources,” these are freely available online to anyone; some are also available in print at a lower price. Several places to locate open textbooks can be found on our open textbooks list.
If your instructor has placed a personal copy on reserve, it can be found the same way through Summon. You can also browse all the material your instructor has placed on reserve (including photocopied items that won't appear in Summon) by searching or browsing for your instructor's name or the course abbreviation. You can also ask your instructor if he or she has a copy of the textbook to place on reserve.
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