Find Books

How to Find a Book

Killam Library provides access to both physical and electronic books including: print (hard copy) books, electronic books (ebooks), audiobooks on CD or Cassette and electronic audiobooks (eAudiobooks). The best way to search for all kinds of books is to use our online search tool TAMIU WorldCat Discovery. There are several types of searches for books that you can do in WorldCat Discovery including author, title, subject, keyword (Boolean or relevance), or call number. Once you identify a title of interest be sure to check the record to see if it is a physical book (print/CD/cassette) or electronic book.

  • If it is an electronic book (ebook)/electronic audiobook (eAudiobook), click the link in the WorldCat record to view the full text/listen to the audio.  Find more tips and help accessing ebooks and eAudiobooks in the Distance Learning @ Killam Library Research Guide
  • If it is a print book or audiobook on CD or cassette, make a note of the following information:  availability, collection, and call number. 
  • If it is a title that Killam Library does not have direct access to as an ebook/eAudiobook AND no access to a physical copy, AND you are currently enrolled as a student at TAMIU or are TAMIU faculty or staff, you can request the book via Interlibrary Loan.  There is no additional fee for this service.

If you have trouble searching, locating or accessing books, ebooks, audiobooks, or eAudiobooks remember to contact the Reference Desk for additional assistance. 

Additional ways to find print (hard copy) books

You can visit our many collections including the Reference Collection (1st floor), Special Collections (2nd floor), the Juvenile Collection (2nd floor) and the General Collection (3rd and 4th floors).  Library materials are arranged by Library of Congress classification, which is based on subjects. 

Additional ways to find audiobooks on CD or cassette

If you would like to browse our shelves you can visit our media collection on the 1st floor.  Library materials are arranged by Library of Congress classification, which is based on subjects. 

Additional ways to find electronic books (ebooks)

Several of Killam Library’s databases provide access to full text ebooks.  You can search within a database for titles of interest.  Please see the list below for Killam Library databases that provide access to ebook collections: 

  • Credo Reference Online is a digital reference library containing a selection from 645 high-quality reference books from the world's leading publishers.
  • Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans (1639-1800) is a resource for research involving early American history, literature, philosophy, religion, and more.  
  • Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker (1801-1819) is a resource that provides full-text access to the 36,000 American books, pamphlets and broadsides published in the first nineteen years of the nineteenth century.
  • Early English Books Online(EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700. 
  • ebrary offers authoritative e-books in a wide range of subject areas, along with powerful tools to help you find, use, and manage the information you need. A Youtube channel for ebrary tutorials is available here.
  • EBSCO eBook Collection consists of over 25,000 full-text reference, scholarly, and professional ebooks as well as public domain titles.
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online - (Gale) provides access to digital images of every page of 150,000 books in the fields of history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, science and more published during the 18th Century.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library contains multi-volume encyclopedias, biographical collections, business plan handbooks, company history compilations, consumer health references, and specialized reference sources. Subjects covered include Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science.
  • HeritageQuest Online - (Proquest) is an online database with material for both genealogical and historical researchers.  It includes all of the images, and extensive indexing, from the 1790 - 1930 U.S. federal censuses and offers more than 20,000 book titles, including nearly 8,000 family histories and over 12,000 local histories.
  • Overdrive is a collection of fiction, non-fiction and audiobooks. It requires log-in with Net ID and password and these books can only be read completely by borrowing them, which means downloading them.
  • ScienceDirect (Elsevier) is a full-text scientific database offers journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 journals and almost 20,000 books.
  • Springerlink Journals provides access to eBooks and journal articles from Springer, primarily covering scientific subjects.
  • Wiley Online Library provides access to over 2,000 academic journals and e-books in the sciences, social sciences and humanities.

Additional Ways to find electronic audiobooks (eAudiobooks)

In addition to TAMIU WorldCat Discovery, eAudiobooks are available in various databases sometimes combined with eBook collections.  Please see the list below for Killam Library databases that provide access to eAudiobooks: 

  • EBSCO Audiobook Collection offers a collection of popular and academic Audiobooks including fiction and non-fiction, which can be searched or browsed by category.  Works can be sampled online or downloaded.
  • Naxos Spoken Word Library provides a collection of literature and non-fiction eAudiobooks searchable by keyword, author, reader, title or ISBN.  Works are playable online by selecting tracks.  Offers mobile app for iPhones.
  • Overdrive is a collection of eBooks and a modest collection of eAudiobooks including mostly fiction.  There is a separate menu for audiobooks by genre.  The user can “sample” or “borrow” a work.