Unlike articles that tend to provide very specific information on a topic, books generally provide a more comprehensive level of detail on a topic. This page provides strategies for searching the Pepperdine Libraries catalog for 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:
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.
All Pepperdine Distance Learners will request their books, even those held at Pepperdine's libraries, using Interlibrary Loan. For more about this process, please refer to our FAQ on Requesting Books for Distance Learners. Below are some methods to apply when looking for books in Pepperdine Libraries's catalog.