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Distance/Online Learning: Locating Books

How to use and access the RIT Library from a distance - a guide to orient you to the tools, resources and people available to help you!.

Books, Books, Books


You can search for books using Summon or the Library Catalog.  Summon will deliver results of many different types of sources in addition to books.  A Summon search will also include journal articles, newspaper articles, streamed media, and web results. 

If you know you only want book results, you may want to search the Catalog

Tips on how to filter your Summon results are located in the boxes below. 

For additional information on searching for books in Summon, view the following brief tutorial.


Locating Books in Summon

Locating Books in Summon:   Creative Commons, KV5

After you have generated your results list in Summon, look at the left margin column to select the options for filtering your results.  Your original results list will likely contain sources that are books (print and electronic), journal articles, newspaper articles, magazines, streamed media, etc.  If you are interested in focusing your results to only books, choose the "Book/Ebook" option to filter your results to only that type of source.

Locating E-Books in Summon:

The RIT Library has a continually growing collection of e-books in a diverse range of subject areas. You can easily locate e-books using the refinement filters within Summon.  Conduct your Summon search, refine your search to "items with full text online" and limit the content type to "Books/ebook".  Your list of results will now be only e-books. 

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