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Biographies: Books & eBooks

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Sample Searches

Sample Searches:

frederick douglass AND biography

Use AND between two or more terms to find materials with all the terms. 


biography OR autobiography

Use OR between similar terms. Searching for biography OR autobiography will find books that refer to either term.  You must capitalize OR.


"underground railroad"

Use quotation marks ( " " ) around specific phrases such as "underground railroad" to find the words in that specific order.



Use an asterisk ( * ) to find multiple endings of one word. Using pollut* as a search term will include results that refer to biography, biographies,or biographical.

When You Find a Book in the Library Catalog...

...Write down the book's Call Number. The call number is basically the book's address, and is what you will use to find the book on the shelf.

Learn More About Call Numbers and Finding Books

(eBooks do not have call numbers. You will view them online.)


eBook/eReader icon

Here are a few places you can find eBooks; from off campus you will log in with your myNOVA username and password (the same ones you use to access Blackboard, student email, etc.).  More information on downloading eBooks.

Textbooks on Reserve

Did you know that you can find some of your textbooks at the library? Stop by the desk and see if your professor provided a copy for you to use.