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Literature Reviews

Find Books

If books are important in your discipline, consider these sources:

Find books in UBC Library
  • Summon - enter terms in the search box at  
    • Limit search results to books/ebooks. Summon is also useful for finding book reviews
  • Search in the UBC Library Catalogue (you can also use the Books & Media tab on the library home page)
  • Order books from UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver campus to your campus using the Document Delivery link on the right-hand sidebar
Other sources for books
Interlibrary loan: Request books that UBC Library does not have

Use UBC Library Interlibrary Loan to obtain materials not in the UBC Library collection. Note that you do not have to determine which library owns the item you want: simply place your Interlibrary Loan request. Lending periods and possibility for renewal are set by the lending library.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Most library catalogues use Library of Congress Subject Headings for subject description. These are available in a six-volume set on the counter behind the Koerner Library Research Commons Desk (one floor below the entrance) and online.

When you are starting your research on a topic, try looking up your key concepts in the Library of Congress Subject Headings. Often you will find ideas for other search terms that will help you to find relevant materials on your topic.