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InfoGuides | Pepperdine Libraries

Online MBA: Pepperdine University's Library Catalog

Tips for Finding Books

When searching for books, there are a couple good strategies to start with:

1. If you already have a relevant book or article in hand, use its bibliography to help find other sources;

2. Use the "More like this" link to find other books within your subject area.

3. Think of synonyms or variations on spelling and try and OR search:

  • theater OR theatre
  • teenager OR adolescents

For some literary research it's important to track a particular author whose name may have varied over the course of his/her lifetime or publication history. In these cases, pay attention to cross-references in the catalog when you do an Author or Subject search for a name. Keep all name variants in mind when you search other catalogs and databases to ensure that you are finding all relevant resources.

Books For Distance Learners

As a distance student, you will check out books through Interlibrary Loan (ILL), using our ILLiad system.

  1. Sign up for an ILLiad account here. For how to fill in the Status, Preferred loan delivery method, and Address fields, refer to the screen shot below.
  2. The loan period is 7 weeks plus 2 weeks for shipping. Books from other libraries will be subject to the lending library's loan periods.
  3. Pepperdine Libraries does not currently check out audiovisual materials to distance students. Please rely on your local library for those items.
  4. Pepperdine Libraries does not limit the number of items you can check out.

ILLiad sign up


Locate books first in our catalog. Here are some screen shots to help you find the best books.


A Few Tips:

When you find the book that you want; text yourself the call number. This way you can save paper and have the number right in your phone!

You can also email yourself the records to review later.

What to do if the book is not on your campus:

You can check your books status by logging into your Library Account.

A Few Tips:

Okay! You found the book you need, and you clicked into the record. As a distance student, you will need to use the ILL system to place a request for the book. The screenshot below shows how to do that when a book is unavailable. When a book is available, you'll need to copy down the information, log in to Illiad (that account you create above) and submit an ILL request.


What to do if the book is not on your campus:


You can check your books status by logging into your Library Account.

Even though you'll be accessing the Pepperdine Libraries books, you will still be using the Interlibrary Loan Service and you'll need to create an account. Using Interlibrary Loan services is easy.  The first time you login to the Interlibrary Loan website, you will need to register for an account.  When you register, please list your mailing address and use Distance Ed Faculty Grad as a status and the same thing as a Pick up Location.  After that you can just submit requests.

You can access the interlibrary loan website by going to the library homepage ( and hovering on MyLibrary at the top of the page and click on the Interlibrary Loan link.
Once you register you can request books.  There are blank request forms on the right hand side of the Interlibrary Loan page.  
If Pepperdine owns a copy of the book, you will need to click on View all Editions and Formats and Pick a WorldCat Record to request the book on Interlibrary Loan.
Once you have located a WorldCat copy of the book, open that record by clicking on the title.  Now
you can click on the Request Item Button in the "WorldCat" Section​ of "Find a Copy in the Library"
B​ooks to distance patrons are mailed UPS Ground with a Pre-paid UPS label included to return your book