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Researching from Off Campus Library Guide

Resources and tips for conducting remote research during the COVID-19 crisis.


Were you planning on checking out a book from Howie-T but didn't have time before the closure? Have you identified print books relevant to your research but don't know how to access them? 

Below is a checklist of different methods that you can try to locate an e-version of a print book in our stacks. Many publishers are making ebooks temporarily available during the COVID-19 crisis. Librarians can also look into purchasing an ebook to add to our collections accessible to Tulane affiliates.

1. Check the TU Library Catalog

Tulane Library Advanced Search Search the title of the book you are looking for to see if there is an ebook version available in the catalog.

2. Search the Book Title in Quotes in Google

If we don't already own the ebook version of the print title you're looking for, a good next step is to search the title of the book in quotation marks in Google.

  • Example: "Culture of class: radio and cinema in the making of a divided Argentina, 1920-1946"

This kind of search is likely to show you whether a PDF or ebook version is available online. 

Keep in mind:

  • many results will be e-versions and PDFs of book reviews 
  • some results will be e-versions and PDFs that just include the table of contents or one chapter 
  • some results may be on authors' Research Gate and pages and technically be in violation of copyright 
  • some results may prompt you to login--if so see there is an institutional sign-in for Tulane or email us for help

3. Check Databases: Best Bets

Below are some of your best bets to search for ebooks if steps 1 and 2 fail. 

4. Check Publisher Websites

Many academic presses are making their publications temporarily available online. Check the website of the publisher of the book you're looking for and/or consult these lists of publishers responding to the COVID-19 crisis:

5. Ask a Librarian!

You can ask a librarian at any point in your search process to ask for assistance finding an ebook. In some cases, we may also be able to purchase an ebook for you.

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