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Sociology 115: Finding Books

Contemporary Chicano in Society

Find Books at MSJC



Search the catalog for books & ebooks:

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Searching Tips:

  1. Use keywords instead of sentences/questions.
  2. Add the phrase "university press" to your search. For example, Salem Witch Trials and univesity press.
  3. Deselect any "Juvenile" title from your results.
  4. Didn't find any books on your topic? Remove "university press" from your search. There may be titles that your teacher finds acceptable--check with him!
  5. Still didn't find anything? Reset your search setting to "libraries worldwide" and search for books on your subject all over the world. If you find a title, simply request it using the Interlibrary Loan Request form.

Requesting a book from the MSJC Library. If you find a book in the catalog that is at the MSJC campus you can request that it be sent over to Menifee. You will need to have a MSJC library account. If you don't have an account, click here to see how to get your account set up. Follow these steps when you need a book from the MSJC library.

  1. Click on the title of the book to get to the detailed record. 
  2. Click on the blue "Place Hold" button on the right-hand side of the page and enter your 7 digit student id# and your library password.
  3. You will receive an e-mail (your msjc e-mail account) in 2-3 days letting you know that you the book is available for pick up at the Menifee library.
  4. You can see these steps illustrated in this short video.

Finding and Ordering Books from other Libraries

If you don't find what you need in MSJC's collection you can search the catalogs of other libraries and then request those titles (up to three) be sent to you here at SJC. Make sure you give yourself enough time because it can take up to two weeks for the books to get here.

1.  Try WorldCat  WorldCat is the world's largest online catalog. You will literally be searching thousands of library catalogs at once. This is a great resource if you are researching that elusive topic:  Request the books you found by entering the author, title, etc. in SJc's Online Interlibrary Request Form.  Now sit back and relax, you will receive an e-mail to your student email when your books arrive.

2.  IEALC -The IEALC (Inland Empire Academic Libraries Cooperative) is a cooperative agreement between 16 academic libraries that allows currently enrolled students to borrow materials from other participating libraries. The IEALC consists of college and university libraries located within, Riverside, San Bernardino, and eastern Los Angeles counties. To borrow from member libraries, visiting IEALC students must present their current College ID card along with a valid IEALC card.  

Mt. San Jacinto College students may apply at the San Jacinto or Menifee Campus Libraries circulation desk for a current IEALC membership card.  Continuing students will need to reapply each academic year. Please check with member colleges and universities regarding their borrowing policies. To see a list of member libraries check the back of your IEALC card of see this IEALC list