Find Library Materials
QuickSearch is the main resource for locating and requesting books, articles, and other library materials. It searches across the physical collections of all of our libraries (including the Law libraries in Newark and Camden) and most, though not all, of the databases we subscribe to. More help is available within the QuickSearch interface.
To find a specific database, view our complete list of subscription databases. This list also includes select, high-quality open access resources.
Rutgers librarians create and maintain subject-specific research guides that can help you find and use specialized resources.
Not sure where to start? Ask a Librarian.
Most of our manuscript and archival collections have finding aids (also called collection guides or inventories). These are descriptions of a collection's contents. The format and level of description varies, ranging from summary descriptions to detailed inventories.
- Most finding aids and collection descriptions are listed in QuickSearch
- An increasing number of online finding aids from across our collections are searchable in ArchivesSpace
- Some collections are described in on-site resources such as card catalogs, printed finding aids, and checklists
Contact archives and special collections for assistance.
Finding articles in QuickSearch
Use the resource type filter in QuickSearch to limit your results to Articles. For scholarly articles, limit to Peer-reviewed journals.
Know exactly which article you're looking for?
Search in a subject-specific database
If you're not finding what you need in QuickSearch, you can try a more targeted database. Since no single database provides access to every article ever published, you may need to search multiple databases to find what you are looking for. Visit our comprehensive database list, where you can see all the resources we subscribe to, as well as high-quality open access resources, and identify the best resources for your subject. You can also connect with librarians who specialize in your area.
Books (print or online)
Finding books in QuickSearch
Use the resource type filter in QuickSearch to limit your results to Books. Select Held by library to find print books available at the library. Select Available online to find electronic books that can be read online.
While access to our physical collections is limited due to COVID-19, we have temporary access to digitized versions of many of our print volumes through the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Services. You'll see links to those in QuickSearch.
Search our partner libraries
You can use interlibrary loan to request print books from other libraries, and our staff will locate and request the book for you. You can also directly search and request from our local partners through E-ZBorrow, or from our BTAA partners through UBorrow. Most institutions are unable to lend e-books through interlibrary loan.
Data and Statistics
Methods for finding data and statistics often depends on which subject you're interested in. We have a few guides that may help:
Dissertations and Theses
Rutgers Dissertations and Theses
- Rutgers Electronic Theses & Dissertations (RUetd) includes the full text of dissertations completed at Rutgers since October 2007, plus selected dissertations from earlier years.
- Dissertations & Theses @ Rutgers University provides access to the full text of dissertations completed at Rutgers since 1997, with indexing and some full text for earlier years.
- QuickSearch has records for many of the dissertations and theses completed at Rutgers, with some links to full-text.
- Learn more from our Rutgers Dissertations and Theses research guide.
All Dissertations and Theses
- Dissertations & Theses Global contains records for international dissertations beginning in 1637 and U.S. dissertations beginning in 1861 (the year the first doctoral dissertation was accepted at a U.S. institution). It covers all academic disciplines, and it is updated every semester. Most titles added after 1997, including those for degrees conferred in earlier years, are available full text.
- Visit our Dissertations and Theses research guide for more help finding dissertations and theses completed at universities other than Rutgers.
Our collections include government publications issued by U.S. federal, state, and local government bodies, as well as by international government organizations and foreign countries. This primarily includes materials from the U.S. federal government, the state of New Jersey, and intergovernmental organizations like those within the United Nations.
Use QuickSearch to begin your search. Not all government resources are included there, but it is the best starting point.
For more information about the collections and related online resources consult the Government Information research guides.
Journals and Newspapers
Looking for a specific journal, magazine, or newspaper?
Use the Journal Search to search by title or ISSN and see whether we have access for a particular title and date range.
If you're having trouble locating a newspaper, consult our newspapers guide.
Follow your favorite journals
BrowZine makes it easy to find, read, and monitor academic journals in your area of study. Please note that not all journals available at Rutgers are accessible via BrowZine. To search all available titles, use QuickSearch.
Textbooks and Course Materials
While course reserves are online-only, required readings will be accessible via the Reading List for your course in Canvas. You can access the articles from there, or search directly within the reading list tool.
Need help finding affordable textbooks? Learn more about Open and Affordable Textbooks (OAT)!
Video and Audio
Finding video and audio in QuickSearch
Use the resource type filter in QuickSearch to limit your results to Videos or Sound Recordings. Select Held by library to find physical media available at the library. Select Available online to find streaming media online.
We subscribe to a number of specialized databases that focus on audiovisual materials.
Special collections at Rutgers
[call out archival recordings/videos at IJS? are there others?