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ENG 265: Modern American Poetry, Prof. Venkateswaran: Finding Books and Ebooks

Using the Online Catalog

Click on  Library Catalog, to locate books and videos for your research paper.

On the main search screen, select Words in Subject, and enter the name of the work you are researching. If you are researching several works by one author or a particular short story, use the author's name as your search words. Remember to use the Subject search to get books about the work or the author rather than books by the author.

The results list will display the books we own on the subject. The Call Number tells you where the book may be found on the shelves. In our Library, Call Numbers that start A-N are on the Second Floor while those starting P-Z are on the Third Floor.

First locate the range of books with the first two letters of the Call Number then the whole number that follows.

For instance, to locate a book with a call number PS 3511 .I9 F23,  find the range of books that start with the letters PS.

Next, look for the books with the whole number 3511 after the PS.

After that, look for the books with .I9 after PS 3511.

Finally, follow the remaining letters and numbers in the Call Number until you have the exact book you want.

Always click on the Availability link to make sure the book is on the shelves and not checked out to another user.

Clicking on the Cover  image will provide you with more information about the book as will the Title Link to the Full Record. And remember, books are arranged by subject, so chances are there will be other books on your topic close to each other on the shelves.


Once you have found the books you need, take them downstairs to the Checkout Desk. With your NCC ID you may borrow the books for three weeks.



Click on the Ebooks tab on the Library homepage to locate books by and about the poets you are studying.

EBSCO ebooks contain many individual books about specific authors and their work as well as general works on poetry.

Click on the EBSCO eBooks image and then search for ebooks on your topic. 

Click on the index of a particular book to see which pages reflect your research. 

The Gale Virtual Reference Library has digital books about authors, literary movements and criticism.

You may download the entire book to a device or work from the computer.