WR 222 with Liz Smith: Books & Background sources

Background research

Background research can help you establish:

Definition of a key concept

Brief history or overview

Identifies major thinkers

Major shifts in understanding or events

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Finding Books Using Subject Headings

Books are essential to researchers and often provide a strong overview of a topic. One strategy to find books on your topic is to use a keyword search to find relevant subjects.

For example, I searched the keyword phrase college study skills in the PCC Library search box. The first result seemed very relevant, a book called College study skills : becoming a strategic learner. I clicked on the linked title of the book, then scrolled to the Item Details heading to view the subject headings you see below. Clicking on a subject heading will get me quickly to many more books on the same topic.

Screenshot from the catalog showing a list of linked subjects under item details for a specific book.

Looking for e-books?

The library subscribes to many collections of e-books that you can access by searching in the PCC Library search box. If you're looking just for e-books, on the results page, check the "eBooks" box on the left-hand side of the page in the "Format" section and then click the "Apply Filters" button. An e-book will say Online Access underneath the title information. To access it, click that Online Access link and it should take you straight to the e-book. 

Screenshot of the catalog showing the eBook check box under Format to limit the search to eBooks.

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