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Finding Book Chapters

Some research and university library catalogs include tables of content information for books.

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" in quotation marks 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. Some of the catalog records include chapter information.

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 records.

Google Advanced Books Search contains excerpts from books and some full-text books and book chapters.

Some fee-based databases include book chapters. Check with a library to ask what subscription databases with book chapter information are available, 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).

Publisher Web sites are another source for book chapter information.

Related Information from the NLM

NLM Subject Guide for Conference Proceedings

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