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Library Instruction: Finding Books

Using Books - Interacting with Information







Use a Book To Find:

- lots of information on a topic

- historical information

 - summaries of research

- context with other important issues


Glossary - What We Mean to Say

  • Call number: A call number (made up of letters and numbers) is like an address: it tells us where the book is located on the library shelves.  Call numbers are also arranged by subject.
  • Stacks: An area of the library where most of our books, DVDs, and CDs are shelved.
  • Reserves: Our collection of books, DVDs, and articles on loan for 2-hours.  These are usually textbooks or material provided by your instructors.  Located behind the front desk, just ASK!

Tool for finding books and ebooks: YCCC Library's Online Catalog



Search Minerva, the online catalog, for books, ebooks, and streaming video, as well as DVDs and CDs that are available at the YCCC Library.  Protip!  You can use the ISBN from books, DVDs, and CDs to add them to your bibliography in Noodlebib.

YCCC doesn't have it?  Learn how to request materials from other Minerva libraries.  Items are delivered to YCCC for you for free!

Need something to read right away?  Try the Maine Infonet Download Library With a valid YCCC Library or student ID card, you can access e-books and audio books which can be read on PC or Mac computers or can be transferred to a device such as the Nook, Kindle, iPad or Kobo.