Finding Books Assignment

For this assignment you will practice what you’ve learned about finding and using books on your topic of interest. Remember back to the Wikipedia assignment from last week that asked you to identify key terms/words/phrases related to your topic of interest. Try using these key terms to find print and e-books on your topic, as directed below in #1 and 2.

  • If you wish to use a library other than Nealley, that is fine. Just make sure the alternative library you choose has print and e-book options.
  • This assignment does not require you to physically visit a library; however, you are more than welcome to do so if you prefer.
  • You can answer the following questions within Blackboard or by creating a document, then uploading it to the assignment page. Please make sure you answer all parts to the questions! 
  • If you would like research assistance, or have questions about this assignment, please contact instructor Annie Knight at knight_annie@sac.edu or the Nealley Reference Desk (714) 564-6708.
  1. Search the SAC Library online book catalog (at www.sac.edu/library > Select “Find Books”), and find a print book on your focused research topic/question. Once you’ve found a book, answer the following questions. (NOTE: If you did not find a book on your topic, try searching on a broader topic related to yours. If you are still having trouble finding a book related to your topic, please contact Annie or a reference librarian for assistance.)
    • What is the title of the book?
    •  Author(s)?
    • The call #?
    • What is the publisher’s name?
    • When was the book published (year of publication)?
    • Is it available on the shelf or is it checked out?
    • List at least one of the subject headings assigned to the book that relates to your topic and explain its connection to your topic (or some aspect of your topic).
      (Remember that subject headings can help you think of different search terms to use when conducting future searches on your topic.)
  2. Go to the SAC Library home page and look for an EBSCO eBook on your topic(at www.sac.edu/library > Select “Find Articles and E-books”), and answer the questions below. (Again, if you did not find a book on your topic, try searching on a broader topic related to yours. You may also search other local library catalogs online to find relevant e-books. If you are still unable to find an e-book related to your topic, please email Annie for assistance.)
    • What is the title of the book?
    • Author(s)?
    • What is the publisher’s name?
    • When was the book published (year of publication)?
    • What subject headings are assigned to the book?
    • List at least one of the subject headings assigned to the book that relates to your topic and explain its connection to your topic (or some aspect of your topic).
  3. Share one of the books you found with your classmates. For more details on how to do this, please see the instructions for the “Book Share” discussion board activity listed in the Week 4 folder in Blackboard.