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HST 112: The West & the World II (Loggains)

Searching for Books at BCC Libraries

Use the library catalog to find print books, electronic books, and streaming videos. The HELM Library Catalog allows students to request books from any HELM Library through the catalog interface as long as the student has registered their Bristol Campus Card.  You can place a HOLD on a book using your 900#.

Search HELM Library Catalog here or find your local library's online catalog here

Please NOTE we are not loaning print books at this time.  The libraries are currently working on a plan for contact-less pick up.  An announcement will be coming soon.


eBook Central and e-Book Collections  are a collection of databases that contain digitized books that you can read online.  Use your #900 number to gain access.

Examples of Ebooks in the Collection

How to Search the HELM Catalog- Basic Search

Why should I look in books?

Why should you do research in books?

  • Books provide in-depth coverage of a topic
  • Books often provide valuable background information on a topic
  • Books can also provide an overview of all issues pertaining to a topic
  • Books can lead readers to other sources through their bibliographies

You do not necessarily have to read an entire book for every research paper you have to do.  Utilize the index and the chapter titles to narrow down which section of the book is most pertinent to your research.

Examples of Subject Headings to Use

Project Gutenberg


Project Gutenberg offers over 58,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for enjoyment and education.

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