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World History (generally): How to Find Books

How to Find Books

The Library Research Strategies page of this guide gives advice on how to structure a library search, and how to find books.
Use UC Library Search to find books at UCSB.

Use the WorldCat Discovery @ UCSB to find books at other UC campuses and beyond.

HathiTrust eBooks

The Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) opened up copyrighted material in the HathiTrust digital library to member institutions with copies of those items in their physical collections. Millions of digitized books available through HathiTrust that are also in UC libraries’ collections are now available online to UC students, faculty, and staff.

Use your UCSBNet ID and password to log in to the HathiTrust Digital Library. You can view books that are still in copyright for renewable one-hour loans. You are not able to download the book in any way; you may only read it online in an active session while using HathiTrust. As always, you may read and download public domain books at will.

About HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access, ETAS

To take advantage of this temporary expanded access:

  1. Visit and click the yellow “LOG IN” button.
  2. Select “University of California, Santa Barbara” and log in using your campus credentials.
  3. Search the HathiTrust digital library to locate the item you wish to view.
  4. Check Out Tab through the Emergency Temporary Access Service.

You will have 60 minutes of access to an in-copyright book during the session. If you remain active in the book during the session, access time will be extended. You are not able to download the book in any way; you may only read it online in an active session while using HathiTrust. This access model is intended to address the unique access needs of this moment while still protecting the author’s rights.

It is important to note that this is a temporary service. Emergency access will end when regular access to UC Library’s physical collection is restored.

How to Find Book Reviews in History

Print resources for book reviews include:

UC Library Search

WorldCat Discovery @UCSB

WorldCat Discovery @UCSB is a way to find books and other materials located in libraries outside the UC System. 

Other Tools for Finding Books

InterLibrary Loan

Request an item directly from UC Library Search or a database (FASTEST service):

Want to renew your ILL items?

Questions? Contact ILL

(805) 893-3436

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