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Get Started With Research

Use this guide to become a more skillful researcher. Learn how to develop research questions, choose credible sources, evaluate your sources, cite them correctly, and avoid plagiarism

How Are Books Organized?

Library Materials Are Arranged by Subject:

All the materials in the library are arranged by subject. Like other academic libraries, we use the Library of Congress Classification System to assign call numbers to our materials so that books and other materials on similar topics are next to each other on the shelves. 

Call Numbers:

You need to know a book's call number in order to get it off the shelf in the library. Call numbers are a book's address on the shelves; they tell you the subject of the book and make sure that books on the same subject are shelved together.

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Using & Finding Books

Why You Use Books:

Use books to read broad overviews and detailed discussions of your topic. 

Where Do I Find Books?

Use WorldCat to discover books, eBooks, videos, and more for your research. Use the search bar below to begin your search:


For complete instructions on using WorldCat check out our WorldCat research guide.

What if MJC Doesn't Have What I Need?

  • If you find materials in WorldCat that you need, but MJC does not own them, you can simply click the Request Item button in WorldCat to have that item sent to you here at MJC.
  • If, however, you need materials that you cannot find in WorldCat, you can request them through our interlibrary loan service.

Finding eBooks

If you need a book when the library is closed, no worries. The MJC Library owns thousands of eBooks that you can use at any time of the day or night.

You'll find eBooks in the MJC Library Catalog, WorldCat, and in some of our research databases.

To connect to any of the research databases from off campus you will be prompted to log in with your MJC ID Number (your student # or your employee #) and your six-digit birth date.

The MJC Library research databases that will work best for you are...