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Brief Guide to Research in Educational Policy & Leadership: Finding Books

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This site provides online library tours, research tutorials, and instructions on how to find resources on various topics.

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Primo - The Library Discovery Service

Use Primo to find books, journal titles, videos, audios, government documents, and other items owned by our libraries.

Database Finder

Use databases and indexes to find articles.

Finding Books

Books are important for research because they

  • provide in-depth coverage on a topic
  • usually give background information on a topic
  • may present various viewpoints and interpretations on a topic
  • include extensive reference sources


To find books relevant to your research topic, you may use Primo discovery service and select the UAlbany Libraries option.

When you do not have an exact title, author name, or subject, do a search using keywords.

Locate books by call number which is the address of a book on shelf:

The University at Albany Libraries use the Library of Congress classification scheme. This call number system uses the combination of letters and numeric numbers. The letters represent the subject, and most Education materials have call numbers that begin with the letter "L."


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University at Albany, SUNY