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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


  • O'Reilly Learning 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. Note that Overdrive is a Peninsula Library System database and you will need your PLS card to access it.

How to Search EBSCO eBooks

Library Catalog

Finding More Books: Advanced Search Techniques

Like most other academic libraries The Cañada Library uses the Library of Congress Classification System. This system organizes books by subject. You can use a general subject search to help you find more relevant materials.




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