Literature: Find Books and Articles

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Find Books

The Library search box is your starting point to find books, ebooks, DVDs, and other materials.

A useful way to search the library's collection for books about a specific author or piece of writing is to add the phrase "criticism and interpretation" to your catalog search, in addition to the author's name or title of the work. For example, if you were looking for critiques on the novel The Color Purple by Alice Walker, you might try:

criticism and interpretation "Color Purple"

or

criticism and interpretation "Alice Walker"

PCC Library Search

Finding Books Using Subject Headings

Books are essential to researchers and often provide a strong overview of a topic. One way 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 Subjects you see below. Clicking on a linked subject will get me quickly to more books on the same topic.

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

Getting a book we don't have through Summit

If we don't have a book, chances are we can get it for you!

When you find an item with a Check holdings message that means the book is not in our collection or is checked out. You may be able to request the book from a library in our region. If you don't see the "Request from another Summit library (about 5 days)" link button, you will need to log in with your MyPCC username and password after you click the blue "Sign in" button. 

Items requested through Summit can be delivered to any PCC Library at no cost for pick-up in 2-5 days. An email to your MyPCC account will notify you when your item is ready for pick up. PCC students and staff can visit any Summit library and borrow items directly with your PCC photo ID. Return your borrowed items to any PCC library.

A screenshot showing the location of the Summit request button under Get It in the catalog.