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Where to look for books & ebooks

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Entire book contents may not be available.

Request Article or Book

Find something you need and we don't have it? 

Request article or book
(Interlibrary Loan)

DL students: we'll also send library-owned materials to you.

Article PDFs can arrive as quickly as 2-3 days. Print books can take 1-2 weeks.

Ebook Databases

Full List of Ebook Databases

Two Ways to Find Ebooks

Search within the full text of ebooks


  1. Choose by topic from the list above.
  2. Pick one of the ebook databases to search.
    You can use specific keywords because you're actually searching within the full text of the ebooks.

    Some ebook sites are a mix of ebooks and journal articles. 
    Look for an 'ebooks' or 'chapter' filter if you want to see just see the ebooks.


Search the library

  1. Search the library using broad, general keywords.  

    Try not to get too specific with your keywords, because you're only searching the title, author, subject, and abstract, not the full text.  

  2. Narrow Search with the Online and Book filters

Other Ways to Find Books

You will probably want to identify other books on your topic regardless of whether Dudley Knox Library owns them.  There are numerous ways to do this.  Below are a few suggestions.

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Useful Subject Headings

Click on the subject linked below to get a listing of all documents listed in our library search on that topic.  These are just examples of some of the relevant subject headings.  Note that many other libraries use these Library of Congress Subject Headings, so you may also find them helpful when searching other libraries.

Some Basic Books in the Library

The following texts were written or edited by NPS faculty. They are just a sampling of the many books available in our catalog.