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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!

MCC Search logo

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.)

More Search Options

Search other Connecticut libraries

Search Connecticut's new statewide library catalog: FindIT CT

Request a book through interlibrary loan

If you cannot find the book you want in the MCC library, or from another CSCU library, we may be able to get it for you through interlibrary loan.