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Local History & Information

Library and Internet resources for discovering local history and information in the Central Valley of California

Useful Search Terms

Use the subject terms below when you search the MJC Library catalog. In addition to these subject terms, you can use a person's name to search the library catalog for materials about that person.

  • Stanislaus County (Calif.) History
  • Stanislaus County (Calif.) Genealogy
  • Modesto (Ca.)
  • California Biography

Using & Finding Books

Why Use Books:

Use books to read broad overviews and detailed discussions of your topic. You can also use books to find primary sources, which are often published together in collections.

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 library catalog, use our interlibrary loan service.

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