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Library Introduction: Books and eBooks

eBooks at the Cañada Library

  •  EBSCO eBooks 70,000 full-text ebooks on academic subjects from business to science and engineering to the humanities


  • Safari Tech Books provides access to over 5000 technical and business ebooks. Browse by most popular titles. Read on your computer or mobile device.


  • PLS Overdrive includes popular fiction and nonfiction subjects for both adults, teens, and children. Read on your computer or mobile device. Browse collections.

Library Catalog

The Peninsula Library System Catalog includes books from libraries throughout San Mateo County.  To search only for books at Cañada,under location select Cañada.

To request books from other libraries, place a Hold.  You will be asked to enter your library card number and PIN.  The book will be sent to Cañada in 3-5 days.

Reading by Adrijan Karavdic from The Noun Project

Finding More Books: Advanced Search Techniques




Gives the computer words to look for.  A good way to start your search.


Tells the computer to only look for materials that have been tagged as about the subject by a librarian.

More flexible – you can combine any words you think of.


Less flexible – you have to write the subject exactly as it the librarian tagged it or it won’t work.

A lot of results, but many not related to what you need.


Less, more focused and relevant

What are other Keywords have come up in your readings about education so far?

What do you get if you combine the subject:  education with some of these keywords?

Library of Congress Classification System

Library Catalog