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Art 101: Find Books

Find Books at MSJC


Search the catalog for books & ebooks:

Search the catalog for articles:


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.

Here are some suggested search terms to get you started:

  • Greece Civilization To 146 B.C.
  • Greek art
  • Iran History To 640
  • Persia or Persian empire
  • Egypt Civilization To 332 B.C.
  • Women Egypt history
  • Hatshepsut
  • Art Egyptian


Ebscohost Ebooks. This is a collection of some 23,000+  online full-text books. They are available to you as a student at MSJC.

Ebsco Ebooks

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 no charge for this service, but make sure you give yourself enough time because it can take up to two weeks for the books to get here.

  1. Try UCR's catalog. Because UCR is so close, any books you request will usually get here in about a week.
  2. Try WorldCat. WorldCat is the world's largest online catalog. You will literally be searching thousands of library catalogs at once. Great resource if you are researching an obscure topic.
  3. Request the books you found by entering the author, title, etc. in MVC's Online Interlibrary Request Form.
  4. Sit back and relax, we will e-mail you when your books arrive.

Google Books

Google Books is a project that involves scanning in millions of books from a number of library collections and publishers. You can read about this project here. Copyright laws prevent Google from providing the full text of most titles.