COMM 111 Arakaki Summer 2021: Finding Books

Find Books, DVDs, and more

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

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.

Looking for ebooks?

The PCC Library provides access to many ebooks. To find ebooks in the library:

  • Enter a search in the main search box on the library homepage.

  • On the results page, on the left-hand side of the page, find the Format section and check the eBooks box.

  • Click the Apply Filters button. 

  • To access an ebook, click the Online Access link under the title information.

 

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