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Research Tutorial for Distance Learners: Finding Books

What are books good for?

Use books to find historical information, in-depth research on a broad topic, tables of scientific information and more. Books can provide introductory and comprehensive information on your topic.  Books are great sources because they have been rigorously edited and fact-checked before they get published.  You will find high quality information in books.   One thing to watch out for is the year the book was published; some books may not be current enough for your topic.

Finding Books

Use the Illinois Tech Library Search to find books and other library materials held by the IIT Libraries. The default search in the library catalog is a keyword search, but you can also choose title, author or call number from the drop down menu. Please consult our Library Search User Guide for more information.

When you find an item you'd like to borrow, open MyILL, create a request and submit. Make sure to indicate in the comments field that you are a distance learner.

Books will be shipped to you free of charge, but you will be responsible for shipping charges to return them to the library.

The library's e-book holdings are listed in the catalog and distinguished from print books by a red "Available Online" link.

Subject Guide

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Nichole Novak
Paul V. Galvin Library
35 W. 33rd St.
Chicago, IL 60616


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