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Journal Cite Checking Guide: Books


The first tool to use when trying to locate a book for a cite-checking assignment is the ASU Library catalog.   The catalog searches materials owned by all ASU Libraries, including the Law Library.

If a book is owned in print by an ASU library, you will have several request options based on the availability of the item.  You must be signed in to your library account in order to view the request options available to you.

Request options:

Request: Request an item on the shelf to be delivered to any ASU library for pickup. 

Request from an external library: Place an Interlibrary Loan request for items which are not available or are not owned by the ASU libraries.

Request a scan of a chapter: Request a scan of a chapter, article, or page range from a print resource.  Subject to copyright compliance.  Please provide as much information as possible, including volume and issue numbers, if applicable.

You will be notified via email when a requested item is ready for pickup. 

Depending on the publisher, e-books can either be viewed online or checked out and downloaded.  See the ASU Library E-books LibGuide for more information on checking out and downloading e-books.

If you cannot locate the book you are looking for in the library catalog, use the Looking for a Specific Item? tab at the top of the catalog page to request an interlibrary loan.


Searching for Older Books

If the book was published prior to 1923, it is out of copyright, and may be freely available on the web. Try these digital libraries for older material before you request them through interlibrary loan:


In Person
The Law Library's reference librarians are here to help you find or navigate research resources. The Reference Desk is located on the 3rd floor of the Arizona Center for Law and Society.

Reference Hours
Monday – Friday          9:00 am - 4:00 pm

By Email
Use our email reference service to ask any question you might ask at the Law Library. Replies are usually sent within 24 hours.

By Phone
Please call us at (480) 965-6144

Law Students
You can Make an Appointment with a Librarian for one-on-one research assistance. Include a description of your topic and times you are available to meet.  A librarian will contact you to set up an appointment.