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How to Find Books

Search the Library Catalog to find books, eBooks, and periodicals. You can search by keyword ("everything"), author, title, or subject. The results list will give you basic information about each item, including availability. To find out more, click on Details.

Three links provide different kinds of information:

  • Call Number Record shows the basic information about the book, as well as the call number and whether the book is checked out.
  • A Look Inside might show a summary, the table of contents, and/or reviews of the book.
  • The Catalog Record provides all the details you will need for a citation plus the book's subject headings, which are clickable links and may give you ideas for other searches to try.

Catalog Record

Books that are available to be checked out are located in the stacks (the bookshelves in the Quiet Study Area).

Library Catalog Advanced Search

You can use the Advanced Search option in the library catalog if you want to do a more specific search. Click on Advanced Search under the search box in the catalog:

Advanced Search

Using the advanced search, you can search by any combination of keyword, author, title, subject, series, periodical title, or ISBN. You also have the option to search by language, material type (such as book, e-book, video, etc.), shelving location (e.g. reserves, reference, media center), ESL reading level, and more.

You can also use the Boolean operators AND, OR, and NOT to narrow or broaden your search.

Advanced Search Screen

Books on Current Issues

Check out one of these book series on current events and controversial issues:


The Foothill Library has thousands eBooks available for you to use. Go to EBSCOhost eBooks to access Foothill's eBook collection or search the Library Catalog to find eBooks on your topic. The Library Catalog will list all the books the library owns, but you can limit your results to eBooks. 

When you find an eBook in the library catalog, click on the URL icon to open the eBook.