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LEGAL_ST_207-0 & SOCIOL_227-0: Legal Studies Research Methods (Nelson): Finding Books

NUsearch - Books & More

NUsearch iconNUsearch is the library's tool for finding books, journals, videos, images, and so much more (both physical and electronic) in our collection.

Google Books

Google Book Search

Google Books allows you to search within the contents of books in ways a traditional library catalog cannot. This it a good way to locate a specific chapter or reference within a book that is useful to your research. When you find a good book on your topic, be sure to check NUsearch to see if Northwestern owns a copy of it.

Search Strategy

Probably the best way to approach searching for books in NUsearch is to start with a keyword search.

  • Enter your search terms, using words you're familiar with that describe your topic.
  • Scan through the results.
  • When you find a book that is relevant to your topic, explore the details of the book, including the author, table of contents and publisher by clicking on the tab labeled "Details".
  • Pay special attention to the subject headings. Clicking on these will call up a list of other books that deal with similar topics.

Searching with Keywords

This video will show you how to take all the words associated with your topic and help you turn them into sources for your paper.

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Books from the Chicago Campus

Some books you need may be held at the Galter Library, Pritzker Legal Research Center or Schaffner Library.

You can request items from Chicago campus libraries be sent up to an Evanston campus library directly through NUsearch!

To place your request from the item record in NUsearch, simply click on the “Sign in to request” link next to the item, log in to your account, and follow the instructions.

Can't Find It @NUL?

For materials that are not available via Northwestern, or books that are checked out by someone else, you can submit an interlibrary loan request to have a copy of the item sent here.  Articles are sent in digital format and arrive more quickly than books, which are delivered by mail/delivery services;  average time to receive a book request is 5-10 days.

If time is tight and you are willing to travel to another library in the Chicagoland area, take advantage of our Reciprocal Borrowing agreements with the University of Chicago,  Loyola University of Chicago, and University of Illinois Chicago.

Feel free to suggest a purchase, too!