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With a citation, how to find a book

Given the citation for a book, how can you find a print or online copy?

First you need to understand the various parts of the citation. Roll over the various parts of the example book citation below to see what each one is.

Hurst, J. W., Fuster, V., Walsh, R. A.
Authors
(2011).
Publication Date
Hurst's the heart (13th ed.).
Book Title
New York:
Place of Publication
McGraw-Hill Medical.
Publisher

Note that different citation styles use different formatting. The above example follows APA citation style.

Now, search a book Title in the library catalogue. For example:

Book title search in catalogue

You may also refer to the video clip 'Decoding Search Results' below for details on how to find a book given a citation.

See also: With a citation, how to find a journal article.