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Step 4: Find Books & E-Books on Your Topic

Search for books and e-books using WorldCat Local (the big search box on the library homepage) or the VuFind catalog.

WorldCat Local:

  • Limit to books using the facets on the left.
  • Search for books using general, broad concepts
  • Use quotes around phrases like "social media," or "college athlete" 
  • Be sure to notice if it's a DePaul owned book, or a book available through I-Share or WorldCat
  • Be aware that we can't borrow e-books from other libraries


DePaul VuFind:

  • Use the drop down box to limit to author, subject, title or ISBN
  • Use the facets on the right to limit by format, author, topic, and more
  • Note that you'll find only DePaul material in VuFind
  • Switch to "All I-Share Libraries" to search in and request from "I-Share"

Why Books?

Books will help your research, especially:

  • If you are looking for an in-depth, comprehensive treatment of a topic
  • Need general information
  • Need historical context
  • Need images
  • And many more....

Keep in mind that you often don't need to read the entire book for your reseach.  Check the table of contents and the index for relevant pages.

Borrow from I-Share

I-Share is a group of more than 80 Illinois libraries that share a catalog and allow their patrons to request books online from one another's collections. If DePaul does not own a book or if our copy is unavailable, request a copy through I-Share. 

You may request I-Share items using DePaul WorldCat Local anytime you see the "Request from I-Share" button.

The first time you request an item through I-Share, you will need to create an account.  Watch the this short video on Creating Your Library Account for information on how to complete this quick, one-time process.

Visit the I-Share User Account page to create your account.

You can also borrow directly from any I-Share library in person with your DePaul ID card. (The Newberry Library is one exception in that none of its material may be requested or otherwise borrowed.)

View a map of I-Share libraries .