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Intro to Speech/Comm V01: Books

Use the Library resources for your Informative and Persuasive Speeches!

The catalog

The library catalog has records for physical items housed in the library as well as eBooks.  You can access the online catalog at the top of the main library page.

A basic search of "owl" in the catalog yields results that include children's books, circulating books, oversized books, ebooks and books on cd.  A sample of the results is shown below:

Finding books in the library

In order to find items in the Library, make note of the location and the call number

The Ventura College Library uses Library of Congress call numbers to organize our books.  This is an alphanumeric system used by most academic libraries. 

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Books are organized in alphabetical and then numerical order.  There are signs at the ends of the book aisles with the call number ranges.

For more information about reading call numbers, see the "Understanding call numbers" subtab of the Books tab.  Then consult the Library layout map to help find your book.

Checkout info

What you'll need:

  • You must be an enrolled student
  • You must have your 900-number.

What you can do:

  • You may check out up to five circulating items for three weeks. 
  • You may renew your items if no holds have been placed on them. 
  • If an item is checked out, you may click on the "Request Item" link in order to be placed on a waiting list for that item. 

Print periodicals

The Library also has print magazines, journals and newspapers.  The print periodicals are the only items in the Library that are organized alphabetically by title.

Ebooks

The library has print and online books.  You can use the library catalog to look up print books and some ebooks.  In order to locate additional electronic books, you can search the following databases: