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Finding Book Chapters

Some research and university library catalogs, like the following online catalogs, include book tables of content information. (For conference proceedings and meeting abstracts, see the NLM Subject Guide for Conference Proceedings).

LocatorPlus®, NLM's catalog of holdings, has some book chapters listed.

  1. Go to LocatorPlus "Advanced Search."
  2. Next to "Search," type in the word or phrase you are searching.
  3. Next to "As," select "Table of Contents/Summary."
  4. Press "Search" near the bottom of the screen.

LocatorPlus also has a Search Limit called "Selected Book Chapter" as a Material Type.

  1. Go to the LocatorPlus first search screen.
  2. Click "Set Limits Before Searching" at the bottom right side of the screen.
  3. Go to "Material Type" and select "Selected Book Chapter."
  4. Click "Set Limits" at the screen bottom. LocatorPlus will return you to the main search screen.
  5. Enter your search in the search box.

NLM Catalog has the same book chapter and table of content information as LocatorPlus.

  1. Go to the NLM Catalog "Advanced Search."
  2. Type in the word or phrase you are looking for in the first "search builder" box, leaving the limit as "All Fields."
  3. On the next line, type "book chapters" and again leave the limit as "All Fields."
  4. Click "Search" to view your search results.

WorldCat (OCLC) is a catalog of the holdings of books, journals, and other materials held by libraries worldwide.

NRC-CISTI Catalogue includes information for chapters of over 23,000 books and conference proceedings.

Library of Congress Online Catalog contains book chapter information in some full records.

Google Advanced Books Search connects readers with books and book chapters.

Some specialized databases include book chapters. Check with a library to ask what subscription databases you can use to search for chapters, such as:

  • CINAHL Plus (nursing and allied health)
  • Web of Science (sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities)
  • PsycINFO (psychology, psychiatry, psychological aspects of other disciplines including physiology, linguistics, anthropology, business, and law, and other behavioral sciences).

You may also find on the Internet publisher web sites, and eBook chapter information.

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