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ENGL 100 and 105 Maher: Home


This guide will help you find sources you can use for your Argumentative Research Essay. It will also help you to locate the variety of resources you will need to write your research essay about an issue raised in books such as: Jean Twenge's IGen and/or Malcolm Harris' Kids These Days. 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. Click on one of the many tabs above this box.

  • Articles: This tab will lead you to a variety of subscription databases that contain articles on myriad topics.
  • MLA: This tab provides a direct link to Diane Hacker's invaluable guide to MLA documentation and formatting requirements.
  • 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.
  • Books: Finally, this tab links you to the Peninsula Library System library online catalog.

Library Catalog

The Peninsula Library System Catalog shows books available from the 35 libraries throughout San Mateo County. To access and search the catalog, find the Books tab on the library's homepage. Type in your search terms and select the Go button.

To search for books only at Cañada, under the pull down menu select Search Cañada Library.

Library information

Getting a Library Card
You can use a library card at any of the 35 libraries in San Mateo County at Cañada College Library. Apply for a library card using this form. With a library card you can place holds on books, CDs, and DVDs and have them sent to the Cañada College Library where you can pick them up.


Phone: (650) 306-3485


  • Mondays-Thursdays, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Fridays, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Textbooks: The library has textbooks you can check out for short periods like two hours, one day or three days.

Computers: The library has over 70 computers with no time limit and no required log-in.