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Student Library Guide: Finding Books

This research guide is designed to provide all Barry University students a basic overview of the resources and services available at the Monsignor William Barry Memorial Library.

Search Tools

Library tools for finding books

Search BU Library Catalog

Use the Library Catalog to find:

  • Books/eBooks
  • Streaming Video/DVDs
  • Archival Materials
  • Thesis/Dissertations
  • Course Reserves
  • Music Scores

Search Tips

Wildcards:  Words may be right-hand truncated using an asterisk ('*') in place of other characters. The '*' wildcard may also be embedded in a search string. You may use '?' to replace a single character anywhere within a word.
Examples: environment* polic*, wom?n

Boolean Operators: Use "and" or "or" to specify multiple words in any field, any order. Use "and not" to exclude words.
Example: stocks and bonds
Example: (alaska or canada) and (adventure and not vacation)

Field limits: A field limit causes the system to search only the specified field for the specified word(s).

Grouping: Keyword search results are usually grouped by relevance to bring the most likely titles to the top of the list. Each group represents a similar level of relevance and results are sorted within the group by date or title. To get an ungrouped result set, use boolean operators to form a complex query.

eBook Collections

Dissertation and Thesis Databases

Google Books

Google Books is a large, for the most part full text searchable, database with millions of scanned books from libraries or directly from publishers.

Google Book Search