Basic Research Tools: Books
Where is that book?
When using the Online Catalog, be sure to note the LOCATION and CALL# for any desired book.
If it is in the Law Library, consult the Call Number Locator to discover the floor where it will be shelved.
If it's Not in the Law Library...
Use Delivery+ (Delivery Plus)
to have a book delivered to the Law Library for you.
This includes books and other materials located:
-on another UB campus
-in the Annex (UB off-site storage site)
-in another library anywhere
Catalog vs "Classic" Catalog
What is the difference between the Libraries' Catalog and the Classic Catalog?
- The Catalog is a "Discovery" catalog, i.e., you only need to type relevant words in the search box, and the results will be displayed by relevance. Filters on the left side allow you to view subsets of your results. The Catalog will retrieve a broader array of results than the Classic Catalog, without having to formulate a complicated search query.
- The Classic Catalog is more precise, showing search results that exactly match your search. You can create a boolean search using connectors and you can truncate search terms. It will retrieve results that exactly match your search. The Classic Catalog works well when searching for known items. Call Number Searches work best in the Classic Catalog.
Get a Book UB Does not Own
SIGN UP FOR "Delivery+" (UB’s Inter-Library Loan Service) (formerly known as ILLIAD)
Use this service to order books, articles and other materials that are not available in the UB Law Library.
This service can also be used to have materials delivered from the Health Sciences Library (South Campus) and the Annex (off-campus storage).
Online catalogs to search for books (including e-books):
- Catalog (UB Libraries)
- Classic Catalog (UB Libraries)
- WorldCat Discovery... (search thousands of library collections simultaneously)
- FirstSearch WorldCat (old interface- FirstSearch)
- WorldCat.org (free version)
- Other Online Catalogs from Western NY and around the world
- Google Book Search
- Google Book Search Advanced
See more information in E-Books tab of this Guide.
Browse the Stacks
Browse the collection by Call#.
Start with one good book.
If you find one good book in the Online Catalog, note its call#. Walk to its location in the stacks (see location guide) and look at the other books on the shelf around it---you may find additional good books on a similar topic! (This is known as the serendipity technique!)
Ever wonder what the call#s stand for?
The Library of Congress (LC) Classification Schedule shows the list of the call#s that are used to classify books by jurisdiction and subject.
Browse the call#s on the list to locate some that relate to your topic or jurisdiction of interest.
For example, see call#s that begin with K (Law) . Note there are many subclasses:
K Law in general. Comparative and uniform law. Jurisprudence
KB Religious law in general. Comparative religious law. Jurisprudence
KBM Jewish law
KBP Islamic law
KBR History of canon law
KBU Law of the Roman Catholic Church. The Holy See
KD-KDK United Kingdom and Ireland
KDZ America. North America
KE Canada (with further breakdown by province. KEO= Ontario)
KF United States (with further breakdown by state. KFN= New York)
KG Latin America - Mexico and Central America - West Indies. Caribbean area
KH South America
KL-KWX Asia and Eurasia, Africa, Pacific Area, and Antarctica
KM Asia. Middle East. Southwest Asia
KN Asia. South Asia. Southeast Asia. East Asia
KP Asia. South Asia. Southeast Asia. East Asia
KU Pacific Area
KV Pacific Area
KW Pacific Area. Antarctica
KZ Law of nations (International Law)
Note: There are many books related to law in the Law Library and other libraries that have a call# not in the K (Law) class!
Do not rely solely on this method to locate books. Why?
1.Some resources do not have LC call#s. This includes:
--- Some government documents that are arranged by a different numbering system.
--- Some books with "old" call#s, i.e., from an older classification system.
--- Some E-books that do not have call#s assigned to them
2. Some books are located elsewhere.
If you browse the books by call# in the "General Collection" of the Law Library you may miss:
---Books in other locations of the Law Library (e.g., Reference, Reserve, Special Collections, Koren AV...)
---Books in other UB Libraries (e.g., Lockwood Library)
---Books in off-site storage (The Annex) that do not have LC Call numbers
---Relevant books that have a different call# (i.e., not classified with a K call#)
---E-Books that are not on the shelf anywhere!