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ENGL 082 Bailey

Introduction to Library resources

Find Books & eBooks

When you're looking at books or eBooks as sources for information, remember that you don't necessarily have to read the whole book. Sometimes there will be a chapter or two on your topic that is just what you need. OCtopus will tell you what books we have and where they are shelved. 

Want to restrict your search to books or eBooks only? Once you have performed your search you can use the limiters in the "Refine Results" column to the left of your search results. There are a couple of limiters that you can use:

  • Limit To: select "Catalog Only (Books & Media)"
  • Resource Types: select "Books" and/or "eBooks"

Books in your search results

  • Location tells you which campus library has the book
  • Click "Place Request" to have a book delivered from one campus to another
  • Click the book title and you can see the chapter titles under "content notes"

eBooks in your search results

  • Look for links like "Access Full Text" or "Click here to access eBook"
  • Choose to "read online" or download (some books may have restrictions on how many pages/chapters you can download)
  • "Search within book" allows you to search for keywords/phrases in the text

How Books & DVDs Are Organized in the Library

Books and DVDs are shelved by Library of Congress Classification

A -- General Works

B -- Philosophy, Psychology, Religion

C -- History of Civilization, Archaeology

D -- World history except Americas

E -- Indians of North America, History of United States

F -- Local history of United States, History of Canada, Latin America

G -- Geography, Anthropology, Recreation

H -- Social Sciences

J -- Political Science

K -- Law

L -- Education

M -- Music and books on music

N -- Fine Arts

P -- Language and Literature

Q -- Science

R -- Medicine

S -- Agriculture

T -- Technology

U -- Military science

V -- Naval science

Z -- Bibliography, Library Science

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