Digital Media: Find books

Books

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  • definitions
  • topic overviews
  • step-by-step guides
  • in-depth information on a topic

...and much more comprehensive coverage of a topic than a webpage. Many books in the Library's collection are written or edited by people with expertise in the relevant field.

Search the Library Catalogue to find books.

Example topic search: "digital design"

Quick tips

  • Refine your results by Format: Books to find books only
  • Use double quotes for phrases e.g. "digital design"
  • Title search: select the Title option from the Search drop-down menu
  • Common title? Add more information (e.g. author's surname), or try an Advanced Search

Finding ebooks only: Limit your results by Format: Books, and then Show Only: Full Text Online

Catalogue search example [Image source: UniSA Library]

Pile of books [image source UniSA library]Ebooks can be read online or 'borrowed' to read offline on a PC or mobile device.  Visit the Library's ebook guide for information about finding, accessing, printing and downloading ebooks.

  • Learn what software is needed on your device
  • Look up our FAQs
  • Give us your feedback about ebooks
  • Find out how to borrow a Kindle ereader!
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Is the book scholarly?

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Look at the following:

  • Accuracy - arguments supported with independent evidence
  • Audience - is it intended for a general audience or someone familiar with the research in the subject?
  • Authorship - what is the author's qualifications to write on the topic (usually an advanced degree with years of experience and research on the subject)?
  • Content - is it within the scope of your research?
  • Currency - check when the book was published, that it is the latest edition, and that it considers any important recent developments
  • Language - the book contains higher level language and discipline-specific terminology
  • Peer- review - most books are peer reviewed before being accepted, as part of the publishing process, but be careful because there are some publishers who simply publish what they are given, for example they will take a thesis and rebadge it as a book without any editorial intervention
  • Publisher - the book is produced by a reputable publisher (see peer review)
  • References - other materials used in the research process are listed in a bibliography or footnotes

Watch this short Library video for more help: