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Using Library Resources: Find Books

An interactive tutorial to understand the research from start to finish.

Find Books

Find Books, eBooks & Media


Search techniques

  • Rephrase your search. Use synonyms and related words. For example change "brain injury" to "brain trauma" or "head trauma.

  • "Preview" your item by clicking on the book title. Look at the table of contents, subject information or extras on the book's detailed information page

  • Use the Refine My Results column on the left to narrow your search by college library location, published date, and resource type.  The catalog shows materials from all of the DCCCD colleges. IF you  only want North Lake, be sure to select North Lake from the left column (see image below):

Notes on Searching

The library catalog is a search tool to find materials in the library whether an actual book or e-book

Make sure you know what your looking at by knowing these icons and captions:


Key to Primo Catalog
Type of Item Look for:

1. Print Books:  physical copies of books


Print book image in Primo Catalog

Look for the word "Book", an image of a book, and the words "Available at..."

2. E-books: copies or chapters of digital books

Look for the word "Book", an image of the book, and the words "Online Access"

3.  Video

Video Icons in Library Catalog

Look for the word "Video" and an image of the video or film reel

4 Audio media: a disc or audiobook

Audio CD Icon

Look for the words "Audio CD" and an image of the cd or volume symbol


Reference E-books

These databases have reference e-books, which are viewable online and do not need to be downloaded. They are great for getting background information on your topic.

North Lake College Library --- Reference Desk: (972) 273-3401 --- Circulation Desk: (972) 273-3400 --- My Library Account

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