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Books - useful when:
- You need a broad overview of a topic.
- You need an in-depth look at a topic.
Example: A biography of Freddie Mercury
Books - are not useful when:
- Your topic is recent. Books take a long time to get written and published. Try searching for an Article instead.
Finding Books on the Shelf
Call numbers are similar to a house address. It tells us where the book is shelved on the book shelves (also called “stacks.”) Each book in the library has a unique call number, so it is important to write down the entire number. Most college libraries use the Library of Congress call number system, which consists of letters and numbers.
The nice thing about call numbers is that they group books on similar topics together, so when you go to the book stacks, you may find other books on your topic nearby.
Other Local Libraries
Los Angeles Public Library
Search across the 70+ locations for the LA Public Library on their website. The closest branch to Pierce is the Canoga Park location.
County of Los Angeles Public Library
Search across the 80+ branch libraries in the County system on their website. Pierce is close to both the Topanga branch and the Agoura Hills location.
California State University, Northridge
Search the Oviatt Library's collection via this website.
UCLA Library Catalog
Be sure to click on the button for the UCLA Library Catalog under the search box to find items that the UCLA Library owns. You can also find out about library cards and visiting the UCLA Library by clicking on "Using the Library" to the right, in the gray bar at the top of the window.
Los Angeles Law Library
Located downtown, the LA Law Library is open to the public and owns a number of legal books and resources that may be hard to find elsewhere.