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Types of Sources

Distinguishing between sources when you're searching in Search@UW or the databases can be trickier than when you're looking at a print or web version. Limiters can help, but here are some tips to help you determine the type of source you're viewing. Keep in mind the examples below do not reflect the variety of database interfaces available.

Is it a book?

What to look for:

  • One title
  • Publisher information
  • No page numbers
  • Call number or options to read online or download an e-book

When viewing in Search@UW:
Screenshot of record in Search@UW highlights the word book and that the full text is available at Ebook Central

When viewing in a database, such as Ebook Central:
Book record in database shows book details and options to read online or download book

If you're not sure what you're looking at, try a Google search for the title:
Screenshot of a Google search result that describes Rise of Birds as a book by Sankar Chatterjee