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What are books?

  • Books are compilations of bound work that can be both scholarly and non-scholarly.
  • Non-scholarly books inform and entertain; they are typically published by commercial presses and do not necessarily examine topics in detail or at a sophisticated level. 
  • Scholarly books disseminate research and academic discussion; they are intended for university-level study and research with the goal of advancing a field of knowledge. 

How can I find books?

  • A great place to start is Primo. Click Books + to search books, e-books and more available to the University of Guelph, the University of Waterloo and the Wilfrid Laurier libraries.
  • To search for a specific book title, enter the title with quotes around it. For example: "To Kill a Mockingbird" or "The Origin of Species".
  • For author, enter last name, first initial or first name. For example: Shakespeare, W or Shakespeare, William.
  • By using a book’s paratexts (i.e. surrounding material) such as table of contents, bibliography and index, discover more information and directions you can pursue.

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