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ENC 0022 - Developmental Writing (Plant City): Online Catalog - How to Locate Books in the Library

This guide is intended to assist with the research component of College Prep Writing.

Library Catalog Search

How do I find books at the library?

To find books at the library you will need to use the library catalog. Click on Library Catalog below to search the catalog.

Library Catalog.  Once you have the catalog open, follow some simple steps to locate books (print and eBook) that are in our library.

  1. Click on Advanced Search.

  2. Type in your keyword, for example, depression

    1. Narrow your search parameters from the start.  In the keyword search term screen, open the pull down menu for Material Type and choose: Items in Library.  For the Within pull down option, make sure Plant City is displayed to find books located in the HCC Plant City campus library.

  3. Click Search.

  4. To Narrow your Search Results, review the options in the left column under "Refine My Results"Format, Subject: Topic and Publication Date are good areas to help refine your search parameters.

  5. See the picture below for an example.




Once you have narrowed your search parameters, here are some suggestions in reviewing the books listed:

  • Click on the book title or the Details tab.
  • Read the Notes to better understand what this book title covers.
  • Creation Date: explains the publication date.
  • Call Number - GV436 .F53:  How to locate printed books in the book stacks.  Look at the end of each row of the book shelves for the first two letters of the Call Number and then scan the shelves for the full call number to locate each book. 

Can I read the books online?

In case you are not able to locate a printed book that fits your academic research needs, the HCC online catalog also has a substantial list of books in electronic format called eBooks.  See the directions below for tips on searching and accessing an eBook.

To view an eBook accessed through the HCC Library's Online Catalog, follow the steps below: 

  1. After your search results have been populated in the Catalog, click on eBook under the Format section under "Refine My Results".
  2. To open the eBook, click on the book title or View Online.  If you are prompted to log-in, please see the next section on this page.
  3. Click on any of the sections under Table of Contents to open book pages.
  4. The column to the right allows you to make notes, save, email, print and check the citation.

When I try to read an e-book it asks me for a borrower ID and password. What do I use?

Your borrower ID is your 7-digit student ID number. The password should be the last 4 digits of your student ID number. Please see the "Where to start" page for more log-in instructions.  If you are experiencing problems logging into the catalog in order to view an eBook, please contact the library and we will our best to assist you.

Does the library have anything else besides books? 

In addition to books, the library also has a nice collection of DVDs, Blu-Rays and audio books. You will find these by searching the catalog.


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