Finding book chapters on your topic
Sometimes you might do a search for books on your topic on the Library Catalogue and not find very many – this can happen when you have narrowed down a topic quite a lot. It’s quite possible that your topic is so niche that there aren’t many titles written specifically about it.
If you experience this we recommend that you look for book chapters – even if there aren’t a lot of whole books about your topic there are probably book chapters written in more general texts. I wanted to share some tips for finding relevant book chapters using the Library Catalogue in the first instance, and then if needed using some sites too.
Try a few different keywords when you conduct your search
When you are searching for any resources it’s a good idea to think of a few relevant keywords – for example don’t just search for marketing -you could also search for branding or promotions.
When browsing your results consider titles that seem more general
Don’t just look for your particular keywords in your results – for example if you do a search for ‘social media and aviation’ don’t just look for the words ‘social media’ in the title of your results – think about what wider books could include these subjects. Explore some of the more general titles – there is a reason books are showing up in your search results – at this point we’d recommend checking the contents of any potential books.
Check the Contents of the books that are broadly about your subject
Using the example above we’ve recorded a short video about how to search the contents on the Library Catalogue (if available):
If the table of contents of a book isn’t available from the Library Catalogue some other ways you could access it are:
- if you’re in the Library find the book on the shelf and have a quick look at the contents
- see if there is a preview of the book on Google Books
- see if there is a preview of the book in Amazon
What if I find the reference of a book chapter online but the title isn’t on the Library Catalogue at all?
You can always request book chapters through interlibrary loan – this is where we will try and obtain it for you from another Library. Click here to learn more about interlibrary loan.