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How do I find books?
If you need books for your research paper or project, the Sage Libraries have several resources to help you out!
1 - Getting Started
Enter your search terms in the search box of the “Sage Libraries Catalog” tab on the library home page ( This search box will search the catalog for items in both our Albany and Troy libraries and includes print and electronic books, journals and multimedia items.

2 - Navigating the Search Results
Your search results will include information about where the book is located (Troy, Albany or Internet) and will provide a call number and basic citation. 

3 - Refining the Results
Use the drop-down box to search specifically by author, title, etc. The default is a “keyword” search (this searches all components of the library record).

You can refine your search by limiting your search results using the menu on the left. Selecting an option in the left-hand menu will show only those items that match the selected criteria. You can limit your search to display results from a specific library or our online library. You may place multiple limits on a single search.

4 - The Record Detail Page
By clicking on a title in the search results, you will see more information about the item such as type, availability, publication information, and options to place the item on hold.

5 - Locating the Book on the Shelf
By examining the Call # and library location for the item you need, you can locate the item on the shelf. Example, if a book has the Albany call # KF889 .B48 2006 it will be shelved in the basement of the Albany Campus Library. 

Looking for more? Try WorldCat, a catalog of books, media, and journals in libraries around the world. You can use Sage’s Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service (ILLIAD) to borrow books from other libraries. 

To check out Sage materials you will need a valid student ID. For assistance with searching for books or other materials just ask a librarian in person, by phone (244-2431), by email (, or by chat service.
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Not finding what you need? Request items not owned by Sage using Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Be sure to request items at least two weeks before a project is due.
Evaluate Your Sources
There is an abundant amount of information available for research but some sources are not accurate, creditable or useful. Therefore, you should always carefully evaluate a source - no matter how reliable it seems to be - before using it for your research. Use a TRAP to evaluate materials for quality. Also, verify any statistics or quotations.

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Citing Sources

Online Citation Guides

Purdue Online Writing Lab
W.W. Norton's "Write Site"

Print copies of the major style manuals can be found at the Information Desk in either Library. We also have electronic copies for select style manuals.

AMA Manual of Style
Chicago Manual of Style