Do you have questions about how to find your textbooks?

Are you wondering about textbooks? In this blog post we show you how to find the right textbook on the shelf and give you some useful tip on other ways beside the library to get hold of the popular books.

The Library buys at least two copies of each book. One loan and one course reference book. The later is a reference copy, which can´t leave the library it can only be used in the building. You find all course reference books at the 1st floor at the library and they are sorted in alphabetical order with a yellow sticker on the back. It appears clearly in the library catalog through Summon.

Take the book you want to read in the library or copy a chapter or two, and then put it back on a trolley so the next person can get access to the book. The copy you can borrow is for loan for two weeks and you can renew the book if no one else waits for it, otherwise it must be returned. This because as many people as possible should be able to read them during the course. A textbook can also be found as an e-book and can be read both here at the university and from home, it is your computer login that you use to login with. All textbooks are included in the library catalog and have two placements, it can look like this for example:

The top copy is the course reference book that you find on the 1st floor and the lower is the lending copy that you find placed on the subject out in the library. The course reference book may not always be in place at the 1st floor because someone else might be reading it. Come back later and look for it again

But why can´t we have class sets of everything? Because we do not have the opportunity for a variety of reasons. First, we have no place for it, the library must accommodate a lot of other literature and other things than textbooks. Second, we can not afford it, the library has a media budget to follow each year and it is within its framework we purchase textbooks. We must also ensure that our book collection contains relevant books that can be used in essay writing and other school work.

If you want to buy your textbooks the Student Bookstore at Allégatan is a good choice, they have almost all of the university course books at good prices. Online bookshops as Adlibris and Bokus often have a wide range of literature. you can also often find advertisements for sale of used textbooks on the university notice boards, and on the sites kurslitteratur.se and bokbörsen, you can search for used books. Sometimes the Student Union arranges a book fair or book swap at the university.

Text & picture: Lena Holmberg

Looking for your litterature?

The library aims to have at least one copy as an e-book or physical book of all the books that appear on a literature list to any of the University’s courses. To this we also have one reference copy (physical) which is meant to be used only in the library, and can’t be borrowed home.

The articles included in the literature lists you often find via Summon by searching for the title or author (more on this in an upcoming post here on the blog) and will thus access the journals the library subscribes to. You may need to log in with your user credentials which are the same as for example logging on to Ping Pong, same goes for e-books that can be found on your reading list.

How do we know if a book is available as reference copy? We start as usual from Summon which is the library search service. Write the title or author in the search box and you get a list of results that looks something like this:

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Here you find all the information you need to know if the book is a reference copy. If you choose to click through from the results list, you get more detailed information on the book:

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The swedish word KURSBOK means referencecopy and is the word to look for. Among other info on this page are loanperiods of a certain book and also the possibility to reserve it.

At last it’s time to visit the 1st floor of the library where you find a shelf with books labeled Course Reference. To find the book; see the green rings in the pictures above. They indicate where on the shelf the book is. In this case the book is under the letter G for Gattorna, the book’s author. But the book can also be on the title so be sure to note the information on the location. If the book is not in place, the most common explanation is that it is used by someone else and it usually comes in place during the day. If you can’t find the book several days in a row it’s good to contact the information desk on level 2. Also if you find that one of the books on your course list does not have a reference copy please contact the information desk to inform of the book’s title and to what course it belongs.

Text & pictures: Lisa Carlson

Course Reference Books

ref.eng1Now that we are in the midterms we have noticed that our reference books are being used diligently on floor 1. The library does not have the opportunity to have class sets of course books, but we try to ensure that a copy of each course book is available for reading in the library.

Don´t forget to put back the course reference book on one of the trolleys in the library when you are done with it so that the next person can find it. That´s why it is important that the books are not placed in any cabinet or hidden somewhere else but are placed on the trolleys or on the right shelf.

ref.engOur student assistants put back all the books in the right shelf every evening.

 

 

 

 

Text: Lena Holmberg
Picutre: Tandis Talay

 

The reference copy

The library aims to have a copy of all the books that appear on a literature list to any of the University’s courses. This copy is meant to be used only in the library, and can’t be borrowed home.

How do we know if a book is available as reference copy? We start as usual from Summon which is the library search service. Write the title or author in the search box and you get a list of results that looks something like this:

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Here you find all the information you need to know if the book is a reference copy. If you choose to click through from the results list, you get more detailed information of the book:

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Then it’s time to visit the 1st floor of the library where there is a shelf with books labeled Course Reference. To find the book you can see the green rings in the pictures above. They indicate where on the shelf the book is. In this case the book under the letter B for Bryman, the book’s author. But the book can also be on the title so be sure to note the information on the location. If the book is not in place, the most common explanation that it is used by someone else and it usually comes in place during the day. If you can’t find the book several days in a row it’s good to contact the information desk on level 2. If you find that one of the books on your course list does not have a reference copy please also contact information desk to inform of the book’s title and to what course it belongs.

Text & pictures: Lisa Carlson