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Marriage and Family Research Guide: Find Books

This research guide contains resources for information about traditional, cultural, and alternative marriage and family topics.

Search for Books in the Library

Use the library catalog search box to find materials that the library owns:

The search terms below link directly to current materials in the library. You can also enter these terms directly into the search box above, or any other database of your choosing. Try different combinations of these terms to find more results or to narrow in on your topic.

Adoption Gay couples legal status
Arranged marriage
Gay fathers
Children Gay parents
Interracial adoption
Mothers and daughters
Cross-cultural studies
Interracial marriage
Mothers and sons
Sex role
Lesbian mothers
Social classes
Fathers Manners and customs
Fathers and daughters Marriage
Fathers and sons Marriage cross-cultural studies
Marriage customs and rites
Marriage religious aspects

Creating Citations for Books and Ebooks in MLA & APA

Citing resources is an important part of your work!


For more MLA examples, visit Purdue's OWL (Online Writing Lab)

Basic Format for Books withSingle Author

Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication.

Basic Format for Electronic Books

Cascardi, Anthony J. Ideologies of History in the Spanish Golden Age. University Park: Pennsylvania State UP, 1997. Pennsylvania State Romance Studies. Web. 12 Mar. 2007.


For more APA examples, visit Purdue's OWL (Online Writing Lab)

Basic Format for Books with Single Author

Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Location: Publisher.

Basic Format for Electronic Books

Note: If DOIs are available, provide them at the end of the reference.

De Huff, E. W. (n.d.). Taytay’s tales: Traditional Pueblo Indian tales. Retrieved from

I-Share and Interlibrary Loan

Not finding what you're looking for in the Library catalog, or is the book you want already checked out? We are connected to 70+ academic libraries in Illlinois! 

Repeat your search in the I-Share Libraries catalog by using the drop-down menu at the top of the screen. 

When you find what you're looking for, click on the item title and "Request First Available" in the catalog record. Note: You will need to create a free account with your Harper College ID the first time you use I-Share.

You can also use the Electronic Request Form for online requests, or request a book through Interlibrary Loan.

Selected Books and eBooks in the Library

Books with the location "Mainstacks" or "Reference" are located on the second floor of the library. All materials can be checked out at the circulation desk on the first floor.

e-Books are available for online use and can be accessed through links in library catalog records or through ebrary. To access ebrary or other e-Book services from the library website off-campus you will be required to sign in with your student portal user name and password.