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Curiosity Project (READ 184--Hawes): Home

Use this guide to find sources for your Curiosity Project


Know Your Sources

Using & Finding Books

Why Use Books:

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

Where Do I Find Books?

You'll use the library catalog to search for books, ebooks, articles, and more.


What if MJC Doesn't Have What I Need?

Unfortunately, during the COVID-19 emergency, we are unable to process requests for materials from other libraries. We'll have this service up and running again as soon as campus opens and we're fully operational.

If you need materials (books, articles, recordings, videos, etc.) that you cannot find in the MJC Library catalog, use our interlibrary loan service.

Finding poetry on the web

Use reference books to find short fiction and poetry

MLA Style

Search Terms

Choosing the correct search terms helps you locate the sources you need.

Examples of broad search terms to use in databases like Gale eBooks:

  • Homelessness
  • Immigration
  • Technology

Examples of more specific search terms to use in larger databases like Gale, EBSCO, and the library's catalog:

  • Homelessness studies
  • Immigration California
  • Technology benefits

Find articles in library databases

All of these resources are free for MJC students, faculty, & staff.

Search using the Key Search Words in the left hand column of this guide, or use words more specific to your topic.

If you're working from off campus, you'll need to sign in. Once you click on the name of a database, simply enter your student ID (without the W) and your six-digit birth date. 

Find streaming films in library databases

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