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Journal Cite Checking Guide: Books

This guide is intended to assist journal members in locating print, PDF, or page image versions of cited materials for sourcing assignments.

Using the Library Catalog to Locate Books

The LUC Library Catalog is where you'll find a record of every book, e-book, set of books, and journal (by title) in LUC libraries.  The Library Catalog also provides access to many but not all titles that LUC provides access to via subscription databases.

If you are looking to see if Loyola has a particular book, the best way to search is to go to the advanced search screen, then choose title from the first drop-down box and enter the book title (or pertinent keywords).  Make sure that you are searching under the "Books, Articles & More" tab to ensure that you search all LUC libraries.

Library Catalog Search Box


Advanced Search

How to Locate a Book

  1. Search the Library Catalog

    The first place to look to locate a book needed for sourcing or cite-checking is the LUC Library Catalog.  The Catalog includes a record of titles from all of Loyola's campuses.  An item record will tell you the call number, which library or libraries owns the book and whether or not the book is checked out.  If the book is located in another library, you can "request" the book and have it delivered to the Law Library. You'll receive an e-mail alert when the Law Library has received the book.
  2. WorldCat

    If a book is not owned by LUC Libraries, then your next step is to search for the book via WorldCat, a catalog of books and materials worldwide.  WorldCat will help you in two ways: first, it will provide accurate citation information if that is an issue; second, it will identify which libraries own the book.  Once you know which libraries own a book, you may order a copy of the book via ILLIAD (interlibrary loan).  For more information on ordering books via interlibrary loan, go to the law library logistics page in this Guide. TIP: If WorldCat identifies a local library that owns a book and you are facing a deadline, you may wish to go to that library directly to retrieve copies or images of pages needed.
  3. Google Books and Other Digital Repositories

    Through its Google Books project, Google has scanned more than 30 million books into its database; It may be possible to locate an otherwise hard-to-find edition there.  If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given Google permission, you'll be able to see a preview of the book, and in some cases the entire text. If it's in the public domain, you're free to download a PDF copy. But, proceed with caution.  Because Google uses OCR scanning, there may be errors.  Another digital repository to check is Hathi Trust . This repository is a  partnership of academic and research institutions. To date it holds more than 10 million titles. Loyola is not a partner of the Trust though, so you may see a limited part of a book and not be able to access the full-text.  Finally, through its digital scanning and archiving initiative, the Internet Archive has amassed more than 6 million public domain books, more than 4 million of which are in english.
  4. Ask a Reference Librarian

    If you can't find a book using your own resources, feel free to contact one of the reference librarians We have many resources that go beyond the scope of this research guide.

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