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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!