As a student at West Valley College, you have access to many books and ebooks to help with your research. You can access the book catalog through the Library's main page or directly through the catalog link.
Additionally, you have access millions of books from other libraries through the Link+ system. So, if we don't have a book at the library, we can most likely get a copy for you to borrow. Find out more on the Link+ page.
The video below shows the basic search techniques for the book catalog. Once you start the video, you can click on the YouTube logo on the bottom right to watch the video inside YouTube, where you can also access the transcript.
After you watch the video, try searching keywords for the topics you will be covering in your assignments. For example:
sport* and career*
The asterisk ( *) at end of sport is called a truncation. What this does is tell the database to search the root of the word and any alternate endings. So in this search you would get back sport, sports, sporting, etc. You can use it for more than one keyword, as in the example above. In essence, you are doing multiple keyword searches in one.