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CSS101: College Success Strategies: Finding Books in the BCC Libraries

Work smarter, not harder! Learn about academic support services, library and online resources that will help you gain skills and competencies to succeed at BCC and beyond!

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.


As a student at BCC you have access to materials owned by the BCC Libraries: books, movies and music. BCC is a member of SAILS, a network of public and academic libraries in southeastern Massachusetts. Each library has gathered its respective collections and made them searchable through a common database, called the SAILS Catalog. You can search for materials in a number of ways: by title, author, subject, or general keyword. Keyword searching is the most effective method when you are not certain of exact titles or correct spelling.


If you need research help, using the chat box is a fast and easy way to reach out to us!

If chat is unavailable, please use our Ask-A-Librarian page to submit a question or make an appointment with Book-A-Librarian.

Using the SAILS Catalog to search and request books

The default search is by keyword, identified in the catalog as "All Fields." Notice in the example below we are using just the "key" words to locate relevant sources; full questions or sentences are not needed.




Electronic Books

BCC Library eBook Collections can be accessed from anywhere- both on and off campus, on your smart phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.