Books cover virtually any topic, fact or fiction. For research purposes, you will probably be looking for books that synthesize information on a topic.
scholars in the field, academics or researchers.
always cited with many references and/or footnotes.
long and in-depth research
sometimes edited, with multiple authors, look for university presses for scholarly books.
Hardcopy or physical books are located on shelves in the Library called "stacks". Books are then shelved according to their Library of Congress call numbers.
Electronic books (eBooks) are accessed through the Library's online catalog or through Summon. Just click on the "web link - Connect to e-Book" link within the eBook's library catalog record.
When searching for books using Summon, you can limit your search to "book/eBook" using the boxes on the left side of the Summon screen under the heading "Content Type."
If you would like to search ONLY for hardcopy books and NOT e-Books, from the Library's main page, click on the Books and Media tab and enter your search terms. Then from within the library catalog, you can go to the "Filter Your Search" box on the right side of the screen and select "Books - (NOT Electronic Books)".
Hardcopy books are located in the Library's stacks. The books are then located by their Library of Congress call number. Electronic books (eBooks) are accessed by clicking on the "web link - Connect to e-Book" link within the eBook's library catalog record.
Example hardcopy book reference citation in American Psychological Association (APA) style:
Tietenberg, T. (2007). Environmental economics and policy. Boston: Pearson/Addison Wesley.
Example electronic book reference citation in American Psychological Association (APA) style:
Nava Rodriguez, N. E. Advanced mechanics in robotic systems. Retrieved from