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Last Updated: Dec 14, 2016     Views: 17

As you search databases for articles on your topic, you might come across citations to book chapters such as:

"Writers and the war against nature." By: Snyder, Gary; In: Back on the fire. Publishers Group West 2007. p. 61-71. [Book Chapter]

As you can see, the database provided a bracketed notation explicitly stating that the item is a book chapter. It's not always so obvious. Also note that the book chapter citation shows "In: Back on the fire" which indicates that the article or chapter in this case appears in a book by that title. Finally, book citations provide a publisher and year, but no volume/issue numbers or month/seasonal quarter as you see toward the end of this typical journal article citation:

"Spinning Cotton: Domestic and Industrial Novels." By: Daly, Suzanne. Victorian Studies, v. 50 no2 (Winter 2008) p. 272-8.

Once determined that the item is a book chapter, your first step is to search for the title of the book in the DePaul WorldCat Local; in our example, the title is Back on the fire. Using DePaul WorldCat Local, you will be able to see if DePaul owns the book, and if not, you can request the book from any I-Share consortial libraries whenever you see a "Borrow from I-Share Libraries" link, or request it using Illiad, all from within DePaul WorldCat Local. For more information on this process, and links to these resources, check out our Books and E-Books page. If you are confused about interpreting a citation or finding an item, always remember you can get help at any campus library reference desk or through our Ask A Librarian service.