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Research 101 (older version): I want to find a specific book (I know the title or author)

Finding a specific book

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If you are looking for a book whose title you know, enter the title(or the most important words from the title).

If you are looking for books by a certain author, enter the author's name.


textbook title search

You will find a list of results.

If you are looking for a textbook, please note that we often have more than one edition of the same textbook. Click on the title or on "see all versions" to see all the editions. 

multiple versions of textbook

Look for the edition your professor wants you to use. 

stacks vs reserves

"Stacks" means that the book is on the shelves downstairs in the large reading room of the library. For textbooks, books in the stacks are usually the older versions.

"Reserves" means that the book is upstairs.

  • if it says "reserves" it is a two-hour loan, and will be in the room with the photocopiers.
  • a few reserves books say "3-day loan". These are at the circulation desk (next to the library exit).

Loan periods are short so that everyone in your class gets the chance to read the chapter before the next class! 

call number

For both kinds of reserves books, please write down or take a photo of the call number and show it to the reserves room library staff upstairs. Give them your Hostos ID card and the call number, and they will check out the book to you.

For stacks books, see below for how to use the call number to find your book, or come talk to a librarian downstairs for assistance. 

Below is an example of looking by subject.

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