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Start Your Research

This guide will help you get started with your topic, find books and articles, evaluate sources, and use library services.

Using HoyaSearch

book shelves in Lauinger LibraryUse HoyaSearch to find articles, books, films, and more at Georgetown University Libraries and at the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC). WRLC includes American University, Catholic University of America, Howard University, Gallaudet University, George Mason University, George Washington University, Marymount University, and the University of the District of Columbia. 

How to Find a Book on the Shelf

books on a shelf

The library uses the Library of Congress classification system to organize our collections.

Each book has a "call number" that works like an address--you can use the call number to find the exact location of a book on the shelves. Every book has a unique call number. The letters and numbers represent subjects. This allows you to browse the shelves by topic.

For more information, see the links listed below:

5 Tips for Using Books

open book showing a photo of John F. KennedyBooks provide useful background information and overviews. Here are 5 tips for using books efficiently.

  1. Read the preface or introduction to learn what the book will cover.

  2. Pick one or two chapters from the table of contents.

  3. Use the index in the back of the book to find the pages that address your topic interests.

  4. Consult the bibliography to find related books, articles, primary sources, or data sources.

  5. Read a book review to get a quick summary or analysis.

How to Find Articles

If you need current articles try...

For recommendations by subject, try one of the research guides...

Search many library databases at once...

How to Find a Journal, Magazine, or Newspaper

stack of newspapersSearch Journal Finder to find specific journals, magazines, or newspapers.


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