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ENG 101: College Writing (Quick): Books/eBooks

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.

Successful Catalog Searches

Correct spelling is important; to prevent unnecessary frustration, check your spelling before you hit the search button! Only type the most significant words into the search bar - the more words you type, the fewer your results.

Accessing BCC's e-book Collection

Bristol Community College provides access to thousands of full-text academic titles via subscription to electronic books. Remember, when using BCC library resources from off-campus, you will be asked to enter your BCC ID barcode to access the search box.

eBook & eReference


Searching SAILS from the BCC Website

When searching for information on your topic, your best option is to begin with a Keyword or Subject search. Ask a Reference Librarian if you need help formulating your search strategy. The default search is by keyword, identified below as "All Fields." All library collections in the SAILS Library Network are searched simultaneously.

Requesting Items via SAILS

Click on the Place Hold link and enter your library barcode and 4-digit pin# to request items be sent to the SAILS library of your choice. Hint: your pin# should be the last four digits of your phone number.