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Murphy Library Research & Information Seeking Tools: Finding Books

How to Use Books in Your Research

In addition to research articles and other sources, books can be valuable sources of information to include in your research process. At Murphy, we have circulating books (books that you can check-out) and reference books like encyclopedias, citation style guides, and dictionaries. 

On this page, you'll find information on how to find a book on the shelves, how to search for a book, and how to check a book out from Murphy.

Search@UW (with profile selector)

Use this shortcut to find books, articles & more in Murphy Library's Search@UW.

How to Check-out a Book

To check-out a book or other material from Murphy Library, you simply need your student/faculty/staff ID card. Bring your card, along with what you would like to check out the the Library Circulation Desk and a library employee will help you with the rest. Be aware that some library materials have shorter loan periods than others, so be sure to ask when your items are due back to the library.

Can't find it here?

Using Search@UW

How to Narrow Down Your Search in Search@UW

What is a Call Number (How to find a book on the shelves)?