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ENGL 1A (Lerma)

Finding Books

Besides using articles as sources for your paper, it is recommended that you look for books on your topic. The library is currently open to pick up print books, but also consider e-books that may be more convenient.

Onesearch box click on Search Now

  • Next, login with your SSO account in the upper right hand corner so that you can access all the content:

Sign in to OneSearch


  • In the search box, type in some of your terms. If you are researching technology and children for example, type in "technology and children" (without the double quotes). Use the filters on the left to refine your results. If you want e-books only, limit to online books and change the publication date to the last 5 years (for assignment 2):


  • To view a book, the system will ask you to login with your SSO (same as Canvas) in order to get permission to view the book.
  • But let's say you are not finding anything that looks good. Think about different synonyms to your original search term and try those:
Brainstorming search words
child* technology
adolescen* "social media" (with quotes)
teen* "video games" (with quotes)
  • Once you have brainstormed synonyms, try swapping them out with each other to find more relevant articles:

Retrieving Books


  • To view an e-book, click on the link under the View Online area. The link names will be different depending on the vendor. In this case, the vendor id Ebook Central College Complete.

arrow pointing to link to ebook


  • At this point, you should have access to the ebook. Depending on the vendor, you may see the book and be able to access it right away like in this example:

  • Or, you may have to register with a third party publisher in order to access the book (O'Reilly). If you click on the link, you'll be taken to O'Reilly:



Print Books

  • If the book has a long alpha-numeric number (aka "call number" in librarian language) that means it is a print book. Requested print books will be pulled for you and the library staff will notify you when it is ready to be picked up at the library.

call number location on record