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General Studies Research Guide: Books & E-books

This research guide features resources and strategies for finding information and conducting research related to CGS.

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Finding the Right Book

Use our JFL catalog to find the right book for you! Item results will be avaliable either in physical or ebook format.

  • Physical books will be housed on the shelves of our book tower or in our robotic system, the ASRS. If you are a residential student you may use the catalog to request an item from the robot. Your item will be ready for pick up at the Customer Service Center within ten minutes of your request.  
    • If you are an online student, or a residential student looking for an item that Liberty does not hold, watch the tutorial below to learn how you can request physical books through interlibrary loan.
    • WorldCat is a fantastic website for finding books near you. Simply enter your zip code and the title of the item you are looking for, and WorldCat will let you know if you can borrow the resource from a library near your home.
  • An ebook is denoted in our catalog as an "electronic resource." To download an electronic resource from the catalog, you will scroll down to the bottom of the record and click on "Electronic book - click for access."
    • For more information about finding and downloading ebooks from the library catalog, see this Ebook Guide.
    • Many classic books are now available to read online. Check out the Websites tab to see some recommended sites with free online materials.



How Can Online Students Get Books?