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Finding books & media
The library catalog lets you search for books, journals, DVDs, music, and research materials that are available in the Duke University Libraries.
When you know exactly what you want:
- Search the library catalog by title or author of the work (Ex. Mccann, Colum).
- Use the catalog's advanced search for the most precise searching.
When you are starting a search on a new topic:
- Use the default keyword search to see what books we have on a particular topic (Ex. civil war).
- Click on relevant suggested subjects for more focused search results (Ex. united states - history - civil war, 1861-1865).
Looking for even more tips and tricks? Check out this guide to locating and requesting books and ebooks.
PRO TIP: Search any combination of ERIC, Education Full Text, SocINDEX and PsycINFO simultaneously by clicking Choose Databases from the initial search screen and then checking the databases you wish to search from the pop-up list.
ALL tab searches articles, books, newspapers and more across hundreds of databases
ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials This link opens in a new window
Search for academic journal articles, essays, and book reviews on major world religions. Includes Catholic Periodical and Literature Index
ERIC (EbscoHost) This link opens in a new window
Search for journal articles and reports in education
Education Full Text (H.W. Wilson) This link opens in a new window
Search for articles and reports of U.S. and international education research, including research on higher education
Sociology Source Ultimate This link opens in a new window
Search for articles in the field of sociology
Sociological Abstracts This link opens in a new window
Search for international literature in sociology and related social and behavioral sciences disciplines
PsycInfo (APA) This link opens in a new window
Search for journal articles, book chapters, books, and technical reports in the field of psychology
Left Index This link opens in a new window
Find literature from the political left, with emphasis on political, economic, social and culturally engaged scholarship inside & outside academia.
Nexis Uni This link opens in a new window
Search for news, business, legal, medical, and congressional information. Note: formerly named Lexis Nexis Academic.