LIB 101 Library Research and Beyond: Find

Developing Your Search

Remember how you brainstormed keywords? Well, now it's time to use those to develop a search query to find books and articles on your topic! This video shows you how.

PCC Library Search

Getting a book from the PCC Library

  • Enter a search in the PCC Library search box. 
  • If the book you want has a linked message starting with Available at..., and the book is available on your home campus, write down the location and call number.
  • If the book is available from another campus, click on the "Request item" button in the "Get It" section, (NOTE: You will need to login with your MyPCC username and password after clicking the blue "Sign in" button to see the "Request item" button), and specify the campus to which you'd like the book to be sent.
  • If the book is not available from PCC, you can order it from Summit using the "Request from another Summit library (about 5 days)" button (located in the "Get It" section); and if not available from Summit, request it through Interlibrary Loan.

Screenshot of catalog entry for a specific book showing its location and call number beneath the title.

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.

What are Databases?

Librarians talk a lot about finding articles in library databases, but what are they and how can I use them? This two minute video from Yavapai Community College explains it all.

Find Articles

While you can use the search box to your left (and click on the Articles tab) to find articles, the library has many other databases that might be useful to you in your research. Here are just a few suggestions:

Video: Find Articles through the PCC Library

Getting the Best Articles from Your Search Results

Once in a library database, there are tools and strategies for narrowing and navigating to find what you want. This video from Portland State University Library will talk through how to navigate a search result list:

Reading a Search Results Page from a Library Database

Library databases are great places to find published articles, but the results pages can be confusing, so this video will give you some tips to help you find useful results.