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Research Skills: Books

Basic research skills such as finding books, journal articles, working with databases, citing your sources, and more.

Why choose a book?

Books are good places to find in-depth background information on a topic. Their bibliographies provide more sources.

Shelf-browsing in the library

Library of Congress Classification Outline:

Browse sections in the library that are relevant to your topic.

A  General Works

B  Philosophy.  Psychology.  Religion

C  Auxiliary Sciences of History

D  World History and History of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, etc.

E  History of the Americas

F  History of the Americas

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.  Information Resources (General)

For subclasses go to the Library of Congress website

Search for Books, DVDs, Articles and more!

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MCC Search provides simple, one-stop searching for books and e-books, videos, articles, digital media, and more. Sign-in with your NetID and password to:

  • Renew books and videos
  • Request items owned by other CSCU libraries (Chose 'CSCU Consortium Libraries' search scope) 
  • Create favorites lists
  • View full search results. (Some databases only show results when you're signed in.)

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