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Finding Books at MSJC

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 that those titles (up to five) be sent to you here at MVC. There is a $2.00 charge for this service. 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.


E-books. These are completely online full-text books that are available to you as a student at MSJC. You will be prompted to enter your mymsjc user name and password (same one you use for Blackboard) in order to view these books.

Searching ebooks through each provider interface allows you to search the full text of every title. This is a much more powerful way to search and often results in discoveries that can be overlooked in Worldcat.

  • Ebsco Ebooks. - This is a collection of some 25,000 completely online full-text books (some 2,300+ that are health/medicine related) from a broad range of subject areas and topics. Electronic full-text copies of published print material, such as reference books, and scholarly monographs. Click here to view a tutorial on how to search and browse the Ebsco ebook collection.
  • Credo Reference Credo Reference is an online resource that contains content from some 524 reference books covering every major subject including medicine. Titles include medical dictionaries and encylopedias.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library - Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.
  • Springer Ebooks - A collection of over 23,000 titles covering biomedicine, life sciences, behavioral health, mathematics, chemistry, materials science and medicine. Click here to view a PowerPoint presentation on using Springerlink.

Here are a two examples of medical/health e-books titles that are available online:

  human diseases and conditions