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ENGL 100 & 105 - Terzakis, fall 2019: Home

Library materials on your computer (or phone)

Online Resources

Besides the printed books, magazines and journals available on the shelves, Library collections include literally thousands of online articles, ebooks, and streaming videos


  • No time limit on computers.
  • Printing ($0.12/page) ; Color printing($0.25/page). Ask at front desk.
  • Black & white photocopier ($0.12/page).
  •  Librarians to help you one-on-one with research questions.
  • DVD players built-in (We have headphones!).
  • You can have books, DVDs, and videos from other Peninsula Libraries sent to Cañada College for you.


Welcome, English 100 & English 105 students! 

This guide will supply you with information about finding books and articles to help you write your paper.

You will explore books, databases and Internet websites that are full of information, and help you figure out which sources are most useful for your information need.

You will also learn what a database is and how to use one.

What Do I Look for First - Books, Articles, Websites ...?

Actually, one of the best ways to start a research project is with pre-research -- looking up key concepts or people or events in your topic in an overview source, to get context, background, and an idea of how big or complex the topic is. Click on the tab above for Overview Sources to see some good places to do pre-research for your assignment in this class.

How Do I...?

TO MOVE AROUND THIS GUIDE: Click on any of the tabs above this box:

  • The Research Process: Describes the cycle of doing research for a college paper (or any important question, really).
  • Getting Started: exactly as it's titled.
  • Overview sources: good places to look first, when you want to get up to speed on your topic.
  • Books: how to find print books and e-books on your topic, with suggestions for terms to use when you search. (This is the catalog for all the libraries in the Peninsula Library System, not just what's in our Library.)
  • Articles: This tab will lead you to a variety of subscription databases that contain articles on myriad topics. Included are recommended databases to search for this course.
  • Websites: Some freely-accessible resources that may be useful for your assignments in this class.
  • Evaluation: Questions to ask yourself as you look at any source, to figure out the bias, purpose, and trust-worthiness of its information.
  • Assignment: Details for the in-class assignment on Oct. 29.
  • MLA: This tab provides links to MLA documentation and formatting requirements.

The basics!

About the Library


Phone: (650) 306-3267


Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Library Services

Textbooks on Reserve – Ask at the front desk. Usually only for using in the library for 2 hours.

Computers – The library has over 40 free-use computers. Just sit down and start!

Getting a Library Card

  • You can use any San Mateo County library card at Cañada College Library
  • With a library card you can place holds on books, CDs, DVDs and more and pick them up at Cañada College Library