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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?
If you need materials (books, articles, recordings, videos, etc.) that you cannot find in the library catalog, use our interlibrary loan service.
Finding poetry on the web
Use reference books to find short fiction and poetry
Short Stories for Students
Call Number: REF PN 3373 .S3844
Use the Subject/Theme index to identify stories on your topic, and then find the stories themselves using the library catalog.
Poetry for Students
Call Number: REF PN 1101 .P756
Use the Subject/Theme index to identify poems on your topic, and then find the poems themselves using the library catalog.
Choosing the correct search terms helps you locate the sources you need.
Examples of broad search terms to use in databases like Gale eBooks:
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.
Find streaming films in library databases
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