Why use books?

Obtain in-depth information on a topic. May contain original research or may be an overview or synthesis.
Understand the different viewpoints of an issue.
Discover the history behind an event.
Be aware that books can be lengthy and take a longer time to be published.
Note that a book may be a collection of chapters or articles written by different authors.

To help you decide whether the book is relevant to your research look through the table of contents and scan the index. You will also need to determine if the book is an academic or a popular work.

Is the author an expert in his field and what are his credentials?
Is the publisher a university press or a general publishing company?
Does the author include footnotes, list of references, appendices?

How to find a book in digital format.

Links and info available on ebooks – encyclopedia page.

More than 145 000 books available for online reading, spanning multiple subjects areas. You can create your own bookshelf (basket), take notes and highlight text. All books are already using APA, MLA, Chicago citation styles.


DesLibris eBook database

A collection of books and documents (monographs) from Canadian sources in electronic form. There are over 70,000 monographs on the site as of March 2016.

How to find a book in print format

Library Catalogue  Allows you to locate all the material contained in the library collection.

For more help on searching by subject take a look at the subject headings page.

Tip: Learn how to read the call number to locate your book. Note that the books in the library are grouped by subject. Take the time to look at the books shelved near the one you had selected.