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ENGL 100 Clay - Criminalization of Drug Use: Home

fall 2018 ENGL 100 course, David Clay

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 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.

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

TO GET STARTED: Click on one of the many tabs above this box:

  • 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 short articles on myriad topics. Included are recommended databases to search for this course.
  • MLA: This tab provides a direct link to Diane Hacker's invaluable guide to MLA documentation and formatting requirements.
  • Website Evaluation: Questions to ask yourself as you look at any website, to figure out the bias, purpose, and trust-worthiness of its information.
  • Wikipedia!?: This tab will explain why Wikipedia should only be used as a starting point and should not be cited in a research paper. It also provides an alternative reference source: Gale Virtual Reference Library.
  • The Research Process: Describes the cycle of doing research for a college paper (or any important question, really).

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