English 101 - Arguing a Position: Find Books

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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. 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.


  • Ebscohost Ebooks (formerly Netlibrary). This is a collection of almost 200,000  online full-text books. They are available to you as a student at MSJC.
  • Springer Ebooks
    Over 86,000 titles covering biomedicine, life sciences, behavioral health, mathematics, chemistry, materials science and medicine.

Reference E-Books

Need to find a definition of a term/concept? The following online references sources are a good place to start your research.

Featured Books Sources

Contemporary World Issues 

This series provides historical background, contemporary context, and resources for further research about today's most talked-about topics. Description from: ABC-Clio

If you don't have a topic yet, browsing this series might help you find a subject that sparks you interest. Here is a list of titles from this series that are available through the Menifee library (both online and hard copy).



Information Plus

The Information Plus Reference Series provides statistical data on 32 of today's most controversial and most studied social issues. Each Information Plus title is a compilation of current and historical statistics -- with analysis -- on aspects of one contemporary social issue, such as abortion, capital punishment, and genetic engineering.from Gale Product Description Page

Here is a list of titles from this series that are available at the MSJC libraries.
(both online and hard copy).

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 that those titles (up to five) be sent to you here at MVC. There is a $2.00 per item charge for this service, that you can pay when you pick up the books. Make sure you give yourself enough time because it can take up to two weeks for the books to get here.

  1. Search 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 an obscure topic.
  2. Request the books you found by entering the author, title, etc. in MVC's Online Interlibrary Request Form.
  3. Sit back and relax, we will e-mail you when your books arrive.