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Library DIY: Finding Books and Articles

What is an "Academic Book" and how do I find one in WISE?

An academic book is an original work written by a researcher about a topic for which they are considered an expert. Academic books go through a rigorous review process and count as "Peer-Reviewed" sources.

Academic books are more common in the humanities and social sciences but are published in every discipline.

There is no easy way to limit your WISE search to only academic books, but here are a few strategies for checking to see if a book you found in WISE is academic.

Is there a place that only has "Academic Books"?

CHOICE Reviews Online is a searchable online database that includes high-quality reviews of academic books.  Our subscription to CHOICE Reviews gives you access to ALL reviews published in CHOICE since 1988. 

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How do I locate a title that I find on CHOICE Review?

Go to the library home page and type the title of the book into the WISE search box.

If the library owns a copy, you will be able to find it on the shelf using the call number.  

If you aren't sure if the library owns a copy, or you need help finding a copy on the shelf, ask a librarian! 

Looking for a book we don't have at McGill? We can get it for you with EZBorrow

Request Book:

  1. Identify the book (or DVD, or other physical item) that you need
  2. Go to the EZBorrow catalog
  3. Search for the item.
    1. If you can't find the item you need in the EZBorrow catalog, click here and complete our ILL form so that we can try to get it for you another way.
  4. Click "Request"
  5. Select Westminster College, then input your WC username (don't include
  6. Select McGill Help Desk as your pickup location, your need-by date (please give us at least one week), and any specific volumes needed or notes about your request.
  7. Click "Confirm Request", and you're done!

Receive Book:

  1. When the book is ready, you will get an email saying that it is available at the library front desk.
  2. You will find a sleeve around the front cover of the book with detailed information including the due date. Please don't remove this!
  3. You may use your book(s) anywhere, but please take care for the condition of the borrowed item(s).

Return Book:

  1. If you will need to use a book beyond the stated due date, please contact the library as soon as possible to see if an extension is possible.
  2. You will receive a notification via email when the book is coming due soon.
  3. Please return your book to the library front desk by the due date.
    • Late fees are $5 per item, per day.