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Graduate Student Survival Guide: Finding Books

What's a Call Number

Refer to call numbers to find our books on the shelves. Every book is assigned a call number which tells you where in the library you can find it.  For more help, watch our short tutorial.

Off Campus Connect

If you are using FAU's online resources from off campus, please authenticate yourself by logging in at Off Campus Connect.

Find Books Beyond FAU

The WorldCat database allows you to search a combined catalog of most of the libraries in North America, and many in other parts of the world. Items not owned by FAU may be ordered through the Interlibrary Loan service.

Find Doctoral Dissertations

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global (PQDT) is the world's most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1743 to the present day and offering full text for graduate works added since 1997, along with selected full text for works written prior to 1997.

Are you working on your thesis or dissertation at FAU? Check out the FAU Graduate Thesis & Dissertation Guielines.

Looking for an FAU Thesis or Dissertation? Check out the FAU Electronic Theses & Dissertations.

Locating Books in the Library

 FAU Library Catalog:

The Library Catalog allows you to search for books, government documents, DVDs, electronic books, and other materials in the Library's collection. The catalog will tell you if the library owns a particular periodical (journal or magazine) but does not include the articles found in periodicals. To find these you must use a different database (click on the "Finding Articles" tab above). 

To find books containing literary criticism, do an "Anywhere" (keyword) search on the author's name followed by the word criticism.

The Advanced search screen allows you to combine terms using “and, or, not” as well as limiting a search by location, date, format, or language.

How do I Search the Catalog?

To search for a general topic, use the "Anywhere" search option. This finds the words that you type anywhere in the title or content of the book.

Need help, watch this video!