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Stony Brook University

First Year Students: Find Books

A guide to help new students succeed at Stony Brook University.

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Catalog Quick Search

Find books, journals, DVDs, collections and more in our catalogs. | HELP

Did You Know?

You can use the library catalog to:

  • You can renew your books online without bringing them back to the library. 
  • You can check to see when your books are due back.
  • You can see if a book is currently checked out and when it is due back.
  • You can search to see if your instructor has put material on Course Reserve.
  • You can access the catalog online 24/7 - both on campus and off-campus.

Access the library catalog from the box above or from the library homepage.

Subject Headings

Did you know that in addition to using a keyword search to find material you can also use a subject heading search to find material that a keyword search might miss?

On the library catalog basic search page use the drop down menu  to change the search from Keyword Anywhere to Subject Keywords.

Or once you find an book that looks promising check the subject headings that the item is tagged with. Click on the subject heading and proceed to find all the material in the catalog with that subject heading.

You can also use subject searches when searching for articles in databases. You can even combine keyword and subject searches in one query to get very focused results.

  • Drug legalization
  • Embryonic stem cells -- Research -- Moral and ethical aspects -- United States
  • Food -- Biotechnology
  • Gay rights -- United States
  • Medical genetics -- Popular works
  • Obesity -- United States -- Causes
  • Renewable energy sources
  • Plant genetic engineering
  • Same-sex marriage -- Political aspects -- United States

Main Stacks Location Guide

Call Number Floor
A - E 2nd floor
F - N 3rd floor
P 4th floor
Q - Z 3rd floor

Google Books

Not sure if a book is relevant to your research? Check Google Books for the table of contents.

Google Book Search