Write In Time

Resources and assistance with your research in this course.


About Books

When you look for books on a subject, think about broad topics.  Books normally cover a wider range of subjects, so the words you use to find them are more general.  Books are more likely to cover well-known information, as opposed to articles, which are short and specific, covering new information.

Find a book that looks like it might apply to your topic, then look through it to find a chapter or section that relates to your thesis.

Search the Library Catalogue for Books

Link to: Library Catalogue search or browse

Link to: Library Advanced Search

Search the Library Catalogue when you want to find books in the Trent Library.

  • There's an online tutorial available to tell you about the Library Catalogue.
  • Use a keyword search to find items on a topic.
  • To improve your results, use an "Advanced Search" and truncate your terms.

The Library uses Library of Congress Call Numbers to classify books.  If you want to browse shelves, you would find the section that covers your topic.  For example:

  • GN 301-674 is Social and Cultural Anthropology.
  • P 1-1091 is Philology and Linguistics.
  • PN 1-6790 is General Literature, but literature is also organized by country.
  • PR 1-9680 is English Literature.
  • PS 1-3626 is American Literature.
  • PS 8000-8599 is Canadian Literature.

About E-Books

The majority of our recent book purchases are e-books, available online through the library catalogue. A search of the Library Catalogue finds both physical and e-books.  Since the most recently added items are always at the top of your keyword search results, you'll usually find more e-books.

  • E-books are included in the Library Catalogue and can be found with any search. The record includes a link to the e-book.
  • To limit a search to e-books, use the Advanced Search option and change the location to "E-Book".

E-books purchased by libraries are different than those you purchase for personal use, because they need to be available to multiple users on multiple platforms.  Some restrictions on number of users, print options, and downloading are imposed by the publishers and are beyond our control.

NOTE: Avoid limiting your results to the Durham campus, as this eliminates all e-books (because they're not physically on campus).