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Lehigh University Libraries - Library Guides

Science Summer Undergraduate Research 2023

Prof. Oriana Fisher

Books and Ebooks

Books are a great source of background information. They play an important role in synthesizing information or describing, at length, the current state of a discipline. They can also be compilations of articles or chapters about topics related to a a broader topic.

Books and E-books can be found by searching ASA, the library's catalog, available under "Catalog" from Lehigh Libraries' homepage. (You can also use ASA to find access information journals, ejournals, conference papers, government documents and more.)

From ASA you can:

  • Renew your print books online
  • Text the call number, title, and location of a book to your cell phone
  • Create reading lists.

A few things to remember about ebooks:

  • Ebooks cannot be borrowed or lent through interlibrary loan.
  • Some publishers restrict the number of pages that can be copied or printed, or may not permit copying or printing at all.

Below are resources about books and ebooks:

  • video tutorial about how to find ebooks
  • library guide with details about Lehigh's ebook collections
  • links to WorldCat, for ideas about books not in Lehigh's catalog
  • interlibrary loan information about how to order print books that Lehigh does not have.

Video Tutorial: Finding an Ebook

To discover books and ebooks, go to ASA, the library catalog near the top of the library homepage.  See this video tutorial about how to limit your search in ASA to ebooks. .Also, see the  Ebooks library guide.   

Library guide with more details about Lehigh's Ebooks

Finding books Lehigh does not own

WorldCat is a great resource for finding books Lehigh does not own. 

There are two flavors. They don't necessarily overlap completely.

Interlibrary Loan for Books: Using Palci and ILLiad

Use Palci first to order a book. If Palci does not have the book, then use ILLiad

 A note about ebooks: Due to publisher restrictions, e-books are not available to be borrowed or lent through interlibrary loan.

To register for ILLiad, please follow the steps in the tutorial linked directly below this section.